An issue that surfaced earlier this year when a Texas couple complained that the valedictorian of their child’s high school would be making a scriptural reference during graduation ceremonies and the likelihood she would also offer an invocation to God should help us understand just how much non-believers fear God.
A couple did not want their eighteen year old child to hear certain words. What happened to, “We want to expose our children to a lot of information, and then let them make their own informed decisions” that we were taught as young parents?
The parents may even claim to believe in “Free Speech” as long as it doesn’t espouse Christianity.
I don’t blame them for being afraid, God’s word is powerful and it will cause people to rethink their own mortality. Consider that in Isaiah 55:11 (KJV), God promises that His Word is like rain that waters the earth, “It shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”
If we Christians quote scripture or pray, we have been promised that God will hear and respond.
I understand their apprehension about hearing Christian prayers or Scripture recited because of God’s intended purpose rule. Are they afraid their children will hear and then make a decision the parent disagrees with?
God does not possess anyone in a negative sense to make them do anything against their own will. He only reveals Himself to us through His Word and then allows us to make our own decision about what to do with Jesus Christ.
I thank God that in the middle of so much babbling in the name of free speech that He piqued my interest when the Truth of His Word was spoken and in the midst of my hearing He revealed Jesus Christ to me.
by Wayne Brady 7/18/2012
Good one …. keeping writing, Wayne!
Thanks Anita you write so well that coming from you is really encouraging.