As long as there are exams, there will be prayer in schools. That old adage is true, but the rules have changed. It must be done slyly lest you damage the fragile psyche of those around who don’t believe in prayer. Many contributors to the Forum think that is best, but I’m not convinced. I don’t buy the argument that society is better off by keeping God’s moral laws hidden from those whose parents have failed to teach the difference between right and wrong. If children aren’t taught that, then society is in danger. Look at the number of mass killings of late. The godless perpetrators were the ones whose skewed beliefs allowed them to commit unimaginable evil. Children whose parents fail them morally should not be left to make up their own rules.
One only has to look to our founding documents, specifically the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, to learn that those early Americans realized that only adherence to Judeo-Christian principles and morals would keep this country safe. The Bible was used as a school textbook. They never proclaimed us to be a “Christian nation,” but that our laws and behavior would reflect those unchanging moral principles.
God’s moral laws are rooted in the Ten Commandments and nothing in the New Testament changes that. Christians proclaim that Jesus, who modeled God’s perfection, became the sacrificial lamb for the whole world. Believe and your life will change.
The sermon that secularists preach is that we must be fair, non-judgmental and, above all, tolerant. Demanding “tolerance for all” means Christians would have to be tolerant of sins against God. Nothing that Jesus said or did negated God’s moral laws.
Some people claim that pedophilia, like homosexuality, is genetically determined, and not just a lifestyle choice. Forced abortion is the law in China. World War II Germany practiced non-voluntary euthanasia of the elderly, insane, disabled and Jews. This is the inherent danger in insisting that each new generation decide which moral teachings to adopt or reject.
Once upon a time our nation had a collective idea of what was right or wrong, acceptable or unacceptable, good or evil. But now our ideas of morality have been torn apart. Today we simply root around until we find someone or something to blame. We need more help than politicians can give us.
Ina Fay Manly