Bumper sticker Christianity is rarely a good thing. Christian teachings are usually boiled down to something so vague it becomes laughable instead of instructive. One example of this is the command to “Put God back in schools.” A laughable, lame, and as vague a statement as has ever existed. Really….what does this mean?
One of the first questions that pops to mind is, which god are you talking about? Your bumper-sticker command makes no distinction. Are you saying we should put any god in school? The generic, anonymous god that America worships and presidents sign off speeches with? Allah, the great spirit, Buddha? Or do you mean the one, triune, true God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit? Because your bumper-stickers and Facebook memes are unclear.
Another question that comes to mind is, even if you are talking of the triune God, how does anyone ‘put’ God anywhere? Seems a bit presumptuous to have the power or ability to place God here, there, or anywhere.
But for the sake of argument how would a person go about “putting” the Triune God back in schools? Perhaps the response is, by passing laws. Well, how would such a law read? “It will be mandatory that all students worship and learn about the Triune God.” Well, that would certainly go against any kind of freedom of religion and in reality a law like that would never be passed. There would be law suit after law suit from various other religious entities each asserting that they should have exclusive rights to your children’s souls.
Okay, well maybe if we just repeal the law that bans prayer from school then God will be allowed back in? Again this makes the false assumption that prayer is nowhere to be found in school and that is just not true. No one can make a person stop praying. Prayer is and will continue to exist in schools. The ban was placed upon corporately led prayers in school. So again, if the law is repealed, what is to prevent a teacher from leading a prayer to Allah, or to the President, or to Baal?
Now I know this may seem radical in our day and age, where the school/state is seen as the means to raising children physically, emotionally, civically, and spiritually, but it is NOT the state’s job or the school’s job to raise our children. That responsibility lies with the parents. If you want your kids to be Christian, raise them in a Christian home; go to church, teach your children the Scriptures, pray with them, pray for them, and set an example. Don’t think that the world or the school system is going to do that for you. Most likely they will lead your children into the worship of false gods.
As a parent, you are responsible for the spiritual care of your children. If you really want to “put” God in schools, then “put” God in your children. Baptize them, teach them the Scriptures, and take them to Church so that they will be in the presence of the Lord and receive His gifts of forgiveness, life, and salvation. Put God’s Word into the ears of your children and put Christ’s body and blood into your children’s mouths and maybe….just maybe….God will be put back in schools.