"No Thank You "
June 2, 2009
These words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. Deuteronomy 6:6-7
According to FoxNews, the Frisco Independent School District of Texas recently allowed the Gideons to give away Bibles in all 13 of its middle and high schools.
On the same tables used to share newspapers, camp brochures, tutoring pamphlets, and college and military recruitment information, the Gideons were given one day to share their Bibles.
And the reaction?
Some parents are fuming. One parent said she was "shocked." Another parent commented: "School is a place to learn, not a place to worship." Yet another parent said, "I just don't want any religion forced on my child at school. That's why my child goes to a public school."
Please understand that nobody forced the kids to take Bibles. The Bibles were put out so somebody could take one if they wished. That's it -- pure and simple. If you want a Bible, here it is. If you don't want a Bible, that's okay, too.
Well, actually, it's not okay, but, as the old expression goes, "You can lead a student to the Bible, but you can't make him take one." But back to the point.
I don't know how things are in Frisco, Texas, but my parents taught me that when somebody offered me something I didn't want, I was to say, "No thank you." It wasn't rocket science; if you didn't want something, you politely declined the offer. This is as true of Bibles as it is of Brussels sprouts.
But in a world of sound-byte morality, it is easy for political correctness to shove truth aside. When that happens, parents will allow their children to read anything, see anything, and believe anything, as long as those anythings don't come from the Bible.
Sadly, the words of Deuteronomy have been perverted to read thus: these words that I command you today shall be erased from your heart. You shall diligently teach your children to ignore them, and shall disregard them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up.
And the children and their families will pay the price. Let us pray for them.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, we live in a world that has little use for You or Your Son. While there is still time may they be awakened to the salvation Your Son has won for all of us. I ask it in Jesus' Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries