I’m thinking/planning on submitting this to the local Sarnia newspaper in repsonse to all the poorly written letters lobbying for prayer to be brought back into the schools. Let me know what you think. If you think I should say something I’m not or take out something I shouldn’t say or any other comments.
With the vast amount of editorials lobbying for prayer to be back in schools I couldn’t help but to disagree. It made me cringe to know that us Christians were depending on government, school boards and people who don’t subscribe to their faith to bring back prayer into the schools. Why would a public school, a school that isn’t designated as a specific Christian school, bring back Christian prayer into the schools? Why would we even expect them too or be disappointed if/when they frown upon it? While I am a Christian, and I follow Jesus, I don’t believe that bringing ‘prayer back into the schools’ will do anything of value to our school system, our students or our city. At best, it will create a lot of grumpy students who are forced to say something that they don’t believe teaching them hypocrisy and that religion is just something you say.
It would only be fair, that if we were to bring Christian Protestant prayer back into the schools that we also allow for Catholic prayer, Muslim prayer and yes, even Satanic prayer to have their place within the school system. How many of us would stand for that kind of equality? I have a feeling that all we Christians are asking for when they want prayer back into the schools is for some sort of superior respect above all other religions in allowing us to have our sacred prayers brought into the schools. Why would Christians demand or even expect that their way of doing things should be allowed and even made a routine? Jesus said to expect persecution, suffering, being servants of all and to be in the face of regular culture standards. He did not say to get upset when the government goes the opposite way of what is comfortable to us and try to make our systems fit our religious needs the best. It makes no sense to expect a public school to act in a Christian manner. It makes no sense to expect a public school to bring prayer back, if that’s what we want, we should send our kids to a Christian school. If prayer being in the schools or not seriously affects the outcome of our students, or affects anything at all in the Christian world negatively than I think we have a lot more serious problems to think about than whether or not the kids are allowed to pray or not in school.
When prayer was removed from the schools I think that it worked to the Christians advantage, not against them. Forced prayer isn’t prayer anyway. Prayer that doesn’t change the one praying isn’t prayer either. When prayer left the schools it reminded the church that prayer is the Christian’s responsibility and not the governments. It made parents, Sunday school teachers and pastors teach the students what prayer really was, and it is a lot different than some recited sentences once a day or scenes in the smoking section. It made us rethink what prayer should look like, and rethink what Jesus meant when he said prayer shouldn’t be on the street corners making scenes but in our rooms in private. Christians, this is not a time to bring up the ‘if prayer should be in schools’ debate, because it’s a worthless cause. Instead, let’s teach people what it means to pray, even if that means not being seen at all. You don’t need to have your prayer mandated by schools or government, but you also don’t need to draw attention to yourself while praying.