I saw this and went argh….
What sort of a message is sent to grieving folks with this?
Granted, when folks get slammed hard with insurmountable grief, our inclination is to help… and in our own grief, when we find we can’t really figure out what to say, we try to rationalize things… and in the process often come up with things that serve to tear down rather than uplift, usually with a mix of pretty bad theology to boot. I’ve been there, done that, got burned and I try not to go there again…
The following is a pretty decent article I’ve come across as to how to help rather than hinder as concerns Friday’s tragedy. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rev-emily-c-heath/dealing-with-grief-five-t_b_2303910.html
Getting back to my main point, God in the public schools…
Where is it shown in the scriptures that man and/or govt can escape God’s omniprescence? Where was it ever shown in the scriptures that its govt’s role to preach the Gospel, to provide for Christian education, to offer prayer, and to foster the great commission?
It may be that in the distant past, public schools did some of the above… but as one growing up in the 70’s, the only thing I remember is a short prayer in the lockeroom or on the school bus before heading out to the field for a football game. More likely, I sort of think God in public school was an idealized past where Christianity enjoyed social privilege and stature rather than govt overtly preaching, teaching, praying and evangelizing.
Mostly, I remember my parents and a whole bunch of church ladies and others making sure Christian ed and the great commission was not just a 45 minute deal on Sunday. I remember my parents making sure that prayer was not something that only went on during Sunday services. I remember many a convo with pastor over the fence or in his garage building a canoe. Bottom line, Christian ed and discipleship is a matter of responsibility for individuals, parents, and the fellowship of believers… its not the sort of thing one throws over the wall for Uncle Sam to provide.