September 30, 2009
Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause against an ungodly people, from the deceitful and unjust man deliver me! Psalm 43:1
Have you ever found yourself going down a one-way street in the wrong direction?
If so, you understand what many Christian young men and women feel when they attend some of our nation's more progressive state schools. Professorial and public opinion soon lets them know that by believing in the Bible they are going the wrong direction on a one-way street.
As a result, these young folks often decide to remain silent in regard to any expression of their faith. They cooperate and they graduate.
Laying low in the weeds was not an option given to Chad Farnan, a student at a school in California's Capistrano Unified School District. Almost from the first day of class his history professor made fun of Chad's belief in creationism. "Superstitious nonsense" is what the teacher called it.
Almost every day thereafter, the teacher continued his tirades against Chad's faith. Finally Chad had enough. Armed with his tape recordings, Chad took the teacher to court -- and won.
Like the Psalmist says, Chad had been vindicated. These cases usually are brought against Christian teachers who have shared their faith, or prayed with a student. This is the first time this law has been used to protect a Christian's faith in the classroom.
Mr. Robert Tyler, a lawyer with the group representing Chad, has said, "this ruling will set a precedent for other cases involving students who are ridiculed for their faith by government-employed teachers."
This is just another way of saying the street may not be so one-way after all.
I pray this is true. At the same time we need to pray for all our young people who are entering a world that has grown bold in its attack upon Christianity and increasingly antagonistic in its loathing of our crucified and risen Savior.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, be with those who are young. Keep them safe, strong, and believing. Further, we pray they may find their faith vindicated when they take a stand for You. In Your Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries