Why is God not in the Classroom?


Facebook is flooded with posts about the tragedy that occurred in Connecticut.  I have seen heated arguments over guns and if they should or should not be banned.  I have seen people ask where God was when all of this was happening as many cannot understand why God would allow children to die.

Something that bothered me was the constant response that “why ask where God was when he had been kicked out of the schools.”

I understand what the people are trying to say with this; however I disagree with their statement.

To all the supervisors of the kingdom, the prefects, satraps, counselors, and governors it seemed like a good idea for a royal edict to be issued and an interdict to be enforced. For the next thirty days anyone who prays to any god or human other than you, O king, should be thrown into a den of lions. Now let the king issue a written interdict so that it cannot be altered, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be changed. So King Darius issued the written interdict. When Daniel realized that a written decree had been issued, he entered his home, where the windows in his upper room opened toward Jerusalem. Three times daily he was kneeling and offering prayers and thanks to his God just as he had been accustomed to do previously. Then those officials who had gone to the king came by collusion and found Daniel praying and asking for help before his God. So they approached the king and said to him, “Did you not issue an edict to the effect that for the next thirty days anyone who prays to any god or human other than to you, O king, would be thrown into a den of lions?” The king replied, “That is correct, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be changed.” Then they said to the king, “Daniel, who is one of the captives from Judah, pays no attention to you, O king, or to the edict that you issued. Three times daily he offers his prayer.”

(Dan 6:7-13)

With Daniel, you have the law issued that no one could worship any other god other than the king under punishment of death.  Despite this, Daniel continued to pray to God.  With the schools, we have the law saying that the school cannot be a place where students are taught about God there nor can there be any preferential treatment towards one religion over another.  There is nothing stopping the children from praying while they are at school.  There is nothing stopping parents and children praying together for their school and the classmates and the teachers.

The response is not that God was kicked out of the schools but rather Christians stopped taking Him there when a slight opposition was raised.

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One response to “Why is God not in the Classroom?

  1. People can pray whenever and wherever they choose. Praying out loud is a different, as is praying in groups. Like any other public behaviour, the question is whether or not such behaviour is acceptable given the circumstances. To assume ‘god’ was not present at that school because public prayer was not sanctioned is not just absurd but obscene, and a direct attack on the principle of religious freedom for all – meaning no state sponsorship of any religious practice so that all may feel equal to exercise their private and individual religious preference.

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