March 12, 2009
They did not keep God's covenant, but refused to walk according to His Law. They forgot His works and the wonders that He had shown them. Psalm 78:10-11
Some people say the opposite of love is hate.
I believe the opposite of love is indifference. This takes me to the case of Marcus Borden, coach for a New Jersey High School football team.
The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear his appeal of a court decision that banned him from joining his team in student-led prayer. Understand, Coach Borden wasn't leading the prayer; or organizing the prayer; or assigning people to pray. He just wanted to bow his head and drop to one knee while various members of his team did the praying.
By law, he is not allowed to do that.
Borden said he wanted to show respect for the students engaged in prayer by bowing his head silently and dropping to one knee.
By law, he's not allowed to do that.
Coach Borden is supposed to be completely, totally, absolutely neutral. I don't know how that is possible. If I have a guest at my table, and he does not believe as I do, I don't expect him to join me when I bow my head. On the other hand, I expect him to respect what I'm doing.
That's all the coach wanted to do. By law he's not allowed to do that.
It would appear that some of our leaders, like the children of Israel, have forgotten God's works and the wonders He has shown us. How sad this is. As Jesus said, "For the one who is not against us is for us" (Mark 9:40).
This means that it falls to us -- parents and pastors, church leaders and committed Christians -- to show our children that faithfulness to the Savior is a freedom that ought to be cherished, nurtured, and valued. We, who know the Savior's personal blessings to us and His national blessings to our country, ought to remain faithful.
It's the right thing to do and, besides, who knows how long it will be before we, by law, won't be allowed to do that.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, that so many in our land have forgotten Your gifts, Your protection, is a sadness. Let me and all in my fellowship of faith, stand fast in thankfulness and appreciation for Your salvation and blessing. In Your Name. Amen.
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Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries