Robert Lewis: Letter to The Editor
In the midst of all the violence, bloodshed and mayhem earlier this weekÂ in Littleton, Colorado,Â there was a teacher who was courageous enough to break the law to help her students. Her crime was not obvious as horror struck the students and faculty of the school. There in the midst of the school day, in a public school building, she did what some would call the unthinkable thing. She Prayed. And she instructed her students to pray as well. IÂ hope the ACLU didnâ€™t notice. It does seem that prayers before such events could be more helpful. Indeed, if God-consciousness were promoted in the public school system of our country, just maybe these kinds of events would be less frequent. It seems to me that our public minded politicians are afraid that our students might find out that we are religious; that we do believe in God; that we believe we are accountableÂ to Him. I am sure we are going to hear how her prayers were answered in a measure as the scene continues to unfold.Â I was in Russia a few years ago and preached the gospel from the King James Bible in a public school in Russia. In that particular class they were studying English and sang â€œWe Want To Be Friendsâ€ as we entered the classroom. The Russians are trying to use the ingredients that made us great while we are trying with all of our might to overthrow the concepts of God-consciousness and moral responsibility. The outcome is obvious. Atheism has failed the Russians. It will fail us too. We cannot be â€œOne nation under Godâ€ and evict Him from our institutions. He will laugh at our calamity for the fool has said in his heart here is no God. Thank the Lord for a teacher with faith in the Almighty! Thank the Lord for her courage in the midst of a horrifying circumstance. But this teacher should be careful. If she had committed this crime on a more ordinaryÂ day, somebody might have noticed. Under different circumstances she would have been considered the culprit and not the heroine. It only proves that most of usÂ are incurablyÂ religious. We must have the freedom to practice our religion or be willing to accept the products of our anti-God humanistic philosophies.Â Any institution in any townÂ which â€œfollows the lawâ€ about not praying or reading the Bible will be guilty of denying the Creator the respect he rightfully deserves. If ourÂ politicians canâ€™t get prayer back in theÂ public schools, thank God for one teacher who knew what to do when there was no on else to turn to. I wouldnâ€™t be surprised if she believed the Bible and goes to church. I doubt that the gunmen did.
When we allow humanism with itâ€™s many faceted organizations to replace God in the minds of our citizens and their children, we need not be surprised that somehow we lose the power and the presence of God in thoseÂ institutions. We have swallowed so much in the name of tolerance that loud minoritiesÂ in government now decide what is best for the majority of us. Injustice and perversion seem to rule the country. Our submission to God is voluntary, but his blessing upon us is overwhelming when we trust and obey.Â Humanism is a cancer that will strip America of her heritageÂ and in some cases her children.
Robert Lewis, Pastor
Blackstone Valley Baptist Church