Religion in School

by thomaslsimpson

I read the “How Great Thou Art” bit in the news. The band at a high school was going to play a hymn at half time but they where stopped because it is religious. (I’m sure there are tons of other behind-the-scenes bit I don’t care about).

I love that hymn. If you haven’t heard Elvis singing it, I highly recommend it or maybe even one of the live versions in all his 70’s glory.

What confuses me about this issue is that people who seem to have good, normally functioning brains under other circumstances, fail here. They seem to insist that our religion should be a part of our school system. It is lost on them that the very founding of our country was by people (you can read about the Pilgrims here if you need to) who fled other governmentally supported Christians (the State Church of England) who were forcing their religion (Church of England: mother church of the Anglican Community) on others.

Our country is about freedom of religion, not freedom to be Christian. We don’t force any religious belief on our citizens here. We don’t do that in America. That’s for other countries. We let you choose here.

Christ did not want Christianity forced on others. We don’t do that in Christianity. That’s for other religions. We let you choose freely who you will serve.

Do unto others” applies here does it not? If the band were going to start up a Muslim worship song would we be okay with that? A Jewish worship song? A Buddhist chant? Would we not prefer they chant elsewhere? Would we insist on our rights?

Maybe we simply decide to be okay with “rendering onto Caesar what is Caesar’s” and leaving religion out of our schools. It’s what our founding fathers wanted for certain. It’s what Christ would have wanted based on what is written in the Bible.

I didn’t look at the details in the article, so I don’t know the people involved in this specific incident. I don’t mean to offend them and I don’t know them at all as far as I know. They are probably all well-meaning, charitable, loving, generous, kind, and righteous followers of Jesus who attend a church, help spread the faith, and constantly repent of sin and shun wickedness. I’m sure they tithe, give to the needy, and support missions. These good people should come to the understanding that we ought not be putting our religion in schools based on the evidence I’ve already provided.

But for those who talk loudly about the right to have their religion in school, and do not observe the actual Christian faith, I would suggest to them that: these things (the actual acts of Christianity) would be a better place to start acting like a real Christian than complaining loudly and publicly (like a Pharisee) about an issue that comes nowhere close to the impact that even one of those above would have if you did them.