And gratefully, in this case, the school did the right thing.
School officials at Minnesota Connections Academy told a senior she couldn’t speak at the grad ceremony unless she removed Jeremiah 29:11 from the end of her speech.
The school official said, “We can’t allow Bible verses to be quoted in graduation speeches.” ADF countered that removing a quotation from her graduation speech, merely because it’s religious, violates the First Amendment.
The Academy opted to do the right thing by choosing to respect the constitutional freedoms of all students.
I’m grateful for Alliance Defending Freedom for vigorously addressing these issues and for those schools and organizations willing to listen!
There’s no question that the Bible speaks to personal faith, to family, and to parenting. But it also speaks to community life, civil governments—and yes, national issues.
The fundamental principles of our founding fathers and the documents they produced—are rooted in biblical truth.
What do you suppose they quoted the most when they wrote?
And the second most quoted document?
It was those quoting other people who were quoting the Bible!
For those today who’re so-called “enlightened”—who perpetrate the myth that there’s no place for the Bible in national issues—they’ve got a lot of history to deny!
The founding fathers understood biblical principles.
So should we!
In 2008, Alliance Defending Freedom launched Pulpit Freedom Sunday. It’s their intention to restore a pastor’s right to speak freely from the pulpit. . . .without fear of the government revoking their tax exempt status.
On October 5—Pulpit Freedom Sunday—hundreds of pastors, myself included, will stand united in our pulpits and preach to those biblical issues of our day—marriage, abortion, the family, the economy, the poor.
The Church has a role in upholding morality and exalting righteousness in this country.
As we’ve fallen silent, politicians have received a free pass from those pastors who’ve been afraid to raise their voice against evil and unrighteousness.
That’s about to change!
Urge your pastor to join me and others across the country at PulpitFreedomSunday.org!
More than one?
For many of us, we not only have more than one Bible—we have several different translations.
But are we reading it? Is God’s Word changing us?
The Bible is still the number one best-selling book—ever.
But it might very well be the least read.
It’s not that we’re illiterate—we can read, we just don’t read.
And family times around the Bible? Praying together?
Essentially gone—lost to soccer and other activities that we’ve allowed to replace our times together.
It’s our privilege—and our responsibility—as parents to instill in our children the love of God, the love of reading His Word.
Make it part of this season—time with God—as a family!
You bring up God’s judgment—and the party’s over!
And I’m talking about among Christian friends and family.
God is love—there’s no doubt about it. 1st John 4:16 says it: “God is love!”
A big part of my Master’s Thesis was on this word, agape, which means God’s love, and a word from the Old Testament, “Hesed” which also means God’s love. The Bible is filled with God’s love.
But the Bible also speaks much about judgment.
Because God is a God of justice. It’s not that cool to talk about.
Because we’ve switched it around.
Instead of God making us in His image, we’ve remade God in our image. Love is so much easier to speak of!
But guess what—God’s love and His judgment are in the Book!
Problem is—it doesn’t work!
The blunt truth is, “live and let live” isn’t a biblical principle. That’s why it doesn’t work.
David said in bringing his sacrifice to God, “How can I bring you a sacrifice for which there is no cost?”
If you have good things but you didn’t sacrifice to get them, you’re standing on the sacrifices of others.
In other words, what you enjoy in this nation you enjoy because other people did not have a “live and let live” philosophy.
They had a “give-my-life-away-to-others” philosophy.
And they and everyone else was the better for it.
Narcissism never works. Self-centeredness destroys families, organizations, schools, nations.
Don’t live and let live. How about “live and help others have life!”
Live out your faith!