Last week I flew to Portland to see my girlfriend and while I was there on a long weekend we attended church together. Since I’ve moved from Nashville and subsequently my church home (Mt. Zion Baptist Church) I’ve been something of a nomad when it comes to finding a church home. I don’t mind it though because it gives me to experience the preaching style of different pastors as well as listen to different choirs. Overall I had a great experience but one thing that rubbed me the wrong way was the inference that there was this supposed war on Christianity in this country. Sadly this isn’t the first time I have heard such claims that Christians in this country are having the right to practice religion infringed upon.
I’ve noticed this same rhetoric after the Sandy Hook tragedy. I purposely didn’t share my opinions on social media about various aspects of what occurred. For one I’m pretty sure most people know my stance on gun control but I’ve vowed to never debate 2nd Amendment enthusiasts again. I’ve also touched on Separation of Church and State before but I saw so many people saying that this tragedy happened because God isn’t allowed in schools that I wanted to revisit this topic.
I understand that a lot of people that live in America think that the world begins and ends with the borders of the continental United States. Religious persecution isn’t someone using legislation to ban from displaying the Nativity scene, or not allowing dedicated prayer time during the school day. Even though all students in the class might not be Christian and I doubt time official school hours are set aside for observance of other religions. By the way no one is taking prayer out of school. Students can still bring Holy Bibles and pray on their own time. Just like what occurs at many of our jobs.
You know what religious persecution is? It’s being cut down by machine guns along side your family because you’re Christian. This occurred to over 100 people in Nigeria not even three months ago. Or perhaps in Egypt where there are flyers being distributed that call for the death of Christians in return for reward. Last time I checked there was no blatant call of action for the deaths of Christians in this country. No one is killing you. No one is maiming you. You aren’t being thrown in jail. You are allowed practice your religion however you please or not at all. This brings me back to the individuals who believe that the Sandy Hook tragedy happened because God isn’t in schools.
I could be wrong but I thought that the eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good (Proverbs 15:3) not every place but schools since Bibles aren’t allowed there anymore. God is omnipotent, God is everywhere and to say that God isn’t in schools anymore or that this is somehow the fault of other religions or atheists for pushing the preference of one religion over another in state and federally funded schools is just plain lazy reasoning. I need anyone who uses this argument to do better.