On October 21st, 2007 Kyle Walker was suspended from a New Jersey school. This seven year old had been a bad boy, drawing a stick figure of a gun. This act violated the school board’s zero-tolerance policy when Kyle’s picture was seen by another student on his bus. Amid mounting pressure from atheist groups and concerned parents, Orange County public schools in Florida banned the Bible from being distributed to students according to a January 14th, 2015 article. Surely, the presence of absolutes upon which this country was founded is too offensive for progressive minds to handle. Meanwhile, football coaches Gary Weiss of Catalina High School and Joe Kennedy of Bremerton, Washington were each fired for standing up for their players rights to pray before and after each game. Not willing to be silenced by administrators, these men lost their jobs for following what each believed to be good, right and true.
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart, Hebrews 4:12.
These are just a few examples of what public education is trying to teach millennials. Based upon these four accounts, what are students really learning. First, guns are bad, even if a kindergarten shows an interest in hunting by drawing an image of a stick gun. Second, the Bible is a dangerous book. This piece of literature reflects a period of American history that many current leaders are ashamed of, attempting to right the wrongs of the past. Finally, the first amendment does not apply to prayer. Any administrator, coach or teacher who seeks to express their faith in the form of prayer will be punished, reprimanded and in recent cases lose their jobs. When you add up all of these teachable moments, I am beginning to see a glimpse of insanity as right has become wrong and wrong has become right.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him, James 1:5.
Thus, as you hear, see or read updates on February 14th’s school shooting at a Parkland high school in South Florida, keep this mind. In the next few days, guns will be blamed for Nikolas Cruz’ shooting rampage that has killed 17 with more in critical condition. As facts begin to surface, this young man had been kicked out of two private schools prior to be kicked out of a third, the one he re-entered on Valentine’s Day. I’m not sure about security for a school of over 3000 students, but I’m sure measures will be taken to prevent future attacks. The high school that my two boys have attended have a cop car parked outside the front and only entrance. Meanwhile, the doors are locked as visitors can only enter the school through the main office. When one student exercises freewill by giving into evil desires, common sense doesn’t apply. Thus, as you begin to form your own beliefs about this shooting, don’t overlook the obvious. When absolutes are de-emphasized and replaced by opinions, the door is opened for a glimpse of insanity to enter public schools.
by Jay Mankus