1) Tomorrow is National Day of Prayer 2) School District Censors God From Prayer Sign 3) Christians Debate Illegal Immigration 4) Day of Truth -- 150% Growth in One Year
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Tomorrow (May 4) is the 55th Annual National Day of Prayer. Hundreds of thousands of Americans are expected to gather at public venues across the United States to ask God’s blessings on our country.
The theme for this year’s Day of Prayer is “America, Honor God.” It’s taken from I Samuel, 2:30, “Those who honor me, I will honor.”
National Day of Prayer Chairman Shirley Dobson (the wife of my friend James Dobson) reminds us: “At a time when so many principles found in Scripture have been rejected by society, it’s all the more vital that God’s people stand firmly in defense of the precepts He’s laid out in His Word. As we wage this cultural battle, however, none of our efforts are assured success without consistent, fervent prayer for God’s intervention.” Amen!
The Alliance Defense Fund has filed a federal lawsuit against the Downingtown (Pa) Area School District for repeated violations of the First Amendment.
Unbelievably, the district has a policy of lumping religious expression with obscenity, and prohibiting the former on that basis. You might say that, for school administrators in Downingtown, God is a four-letter word.
Among other outrageous incidents, the suit for a preliminary injunction notes that when the Downingtown High School Prayer Club wanted to put up signs inviting fellow students to the annual “See You At the Pole” event where students gather for prayer at the school’s flag pole before classes, administrators told them they could do so only if they omitted Bible verses, a picture of a cross and any reference to God.
ADF attorney Randall Wenger pointed out the absurdity of an invitation to pray that makes no mention of God. “To whom exactly are school officials proposing that students pray?” Wenger asked.
Unconstitutional efforts to purge religious expression from our schools just keep getting worse. In the face of this relentless assault, Christians must stand up, speak up and refuse to give up. For more information on the Downingtown case, go to http://www.telladf.org/.
CHRISTIANS DEBATE ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
Increasingly, conservative Christians are being drawn into the illegal immigration controversy. Over the past few weeks, illegal immigrants and their supporters have taken to the streets to demand their “rights” -- including a blanket amnesty for an estimated 11 million who are in the country illegally.
On the one hand, some Christians (including those usually associated with conservative causes) are saying that the Bible’s call for compassion to the stranger should shape the Christian position here.
But others note that God does not require us to treat the innocent and the guilty alike. While God’s mercy is available to all, the Bible also says that He has put the sword of justice in the hands of the civil authorities to punish wrongdoers.
Whether they are a burden or an asset to society, it is self-evidently true that illegal immigrants have broken our laws. How can we expect respect for the law if we condone law-breaking?
Those who believe compassion for illegal immigrants should be decisive here should recall that there are many types of compassion including compassion to taxpayers, compassion to those waiting in line to immigrate legally and compassion to those (including the descendants of immigrants) who wish to maintain our language and national identity.
DAY OF TRUTH -- 150% GROWTH IN ONE YEAR
The second annual “Day of Truth” (designed to counter the homosexual “Day of Silence”) was a tremendous success.
Last Thursday (April 28), 2,821 students at 822 schools in 45 states (plus DC, Canada, Japan and Britain) participated in the event, compared to 1,100 in 2005.
On “Day of Truth” Christians share the good news of God’s redeeming love for those trapped in the homosexual lifestyle, as well as the reality that homosexuality isn’t innate.
While successful, “Day of Truth” wasn’t without incident. At a number of schools, administrators have decided that the First Amendment doesn’t apply to dissenting points of view on homosexuality (unlike the gay “Day of Silence,” which is often officially sponsored by teachers and administrators).
At some schools, Day-of-Truth students were told to take off T-shirts with Bible messages or to stop distributing literature. The Alliance Defense Fund is representing students in a number of these cases. For more information, go to http://www.telladf.org/.
Day of Truth was co-sponsored by Focus on the Family, the Southern Baptist Convention and Exodus International. And the Truth shall set you free.