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Morality in America

Morality in America

When studying the founding of the United States, you can’t help but encounter the faith of the nation’s forefathers. Time and again they recognized God’s hand in the shaping of America. You will find Him repeatedly mentioned in their words and documents. And you will find Him having an active, vibrant role in the country’s early history.

Today, God continues His work in America – but it’s in a nation that has clearly lost its moral compass. Every week, “Morality in America” will address the myriad of moral concerns facing the United States and undermining its Godly heritage.  After you read, remember to intercede in prayer for America – that this nation will return to the Christian standards that once defined it.

Lunchbox Gospel

Morality in America

Police called when first grader shares religious notes

By Crol Hatcher

When Christina Zavala put a sweet note in her seven-year-old son’s lunchbox, everybody at the lunch table wanted to read it. So her son read it aloud to his friends. Each day Zavala’s lunchbox contained notes and stories, and the children in her son’s class loved them so much they couldn’t wait until lunch to hear them. Some of the kids even asked for their own copies of the notes. The first-grader’s mom was happy to oblige. So imagine her surprise when the sheriff knocked on her door to ask her to stop sharing her sweet notes because they were “offensive.”

 You see, Christina Zavala’s lunchbox messages contained scripture and Bible stories. When one little girl told the teacher, “This is the most beautiful story I’ve ever seen,” the teacher called foul, citing the separation of church and state. At first, the school told the little boy he could only distribute the notes after the bell rang and at the school gate. The first grader complied and fifteen of his friends couldn’t wait to read the notes, but the principal approached the boy and his mom, asking them to move to a sidewalk off of school property. That evening, the sheriff showed up at their home.

 Horatio Mihet, Vice President of Legal Affairs & Chief Litigation Counsel of Liberty Counsel, said, "This is a clear, gross violation of the rights of a child. Students do not check their constitutional rights at the schoolhouse gate.” He further explained, “If students are permitted to pass out Valentine or birthday cards at school, or to talk about Superman and Captain America at lunch, they cannot be prohibited from sharing Bible verses and discussing their faith during their free, non-instructional time.”

 The First amendment clearly states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.” And this case will surely bring some attention to this matter, but Christian parents have reason to pause. While the case appears to be a violation of First Amendment rights and an example of overreach from a school, the fact remains a first grader who wanted to share Bible stories from his mom was embarrassed when he was called out in front of his classmates and went home in tears. And while most Christian parents are proud of their children for sharing their faith, no parent wants their child bullied or ostracized for any reason.

 So what are Christian parents to do?

 Satan continues to attack Christ followers. While today’s Christians are becoming bolder, Satan is too – attacking children at a young age to elicit fear. He will create any sort of distraction to take the focus off of Christians sharing God’s Word. “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.” (Romans 1:16)

 As the Lord leads, pray:

 Carol Hatcher is a former elementary school teacher turned speaker and writer. She has contributed to many books and magazines and is a regular contributor to the Vantage Point devotional series. This southern belle lives with her husband and three children in Commerce, GA.

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