Prayer - A Tool of Righteousness

My beloved state, the state of Texas, has just succumbed to the pressure of the day.  We have made allowances for a Christian enemy that our own children have previously been deprived of – the opportunity during a regular school day to pray to our Creator.  If you are a person who believes that all people should have the right to worship as they see fit than why have we allowed for discrimination in this particular realm of our lives?  Are we afraid of our enemy?  He is just another child of God,   Maybe his prayer will lead him to know the same God that we love and worship, particularly if we exhibit in our own lives the freedom that our Lord has so graciously given us.  Would the fair thing not be to allow those who believe in Jesus Christ the same privilege?  At least the footing would be equal.

There are many who might ask why we think our God is the only God.  While it is true that children who grow up in either home will normally learn from their parents, God has and still does speak to His children Himself.  Our God has never, absolutely never, attempted to confuse us.  He has His own way of speaking to every created’s heart.  You might be asking yourself then, why He has allowed such an erroneous conception of Himself to exist.  My own thinking is that one cannot truly appreciate the value of anything without coming to some conclusion about why our thinking is truth.

Maybe that is exactly why our children don’t know any better.  Our homes have become merely a place to lay your head when you are too exhausted to think anymore.  Thinking for children comes mostly, sad to say, from what they glean during their school day.  I don’t know if today’s adults realize it but I can remember discussions in the evening about what I had learned at school that day and then if necessary a discussion about the “real” truth backed up with a scripural reference from God’s Word.

I realize the enemy will quickly lay the blame on my parents for teaching me wrongly, but the point I am trying to make is that children should not be forced or even led into life alternating decisions from a source other than in the family where they grew up.  While it is true that truth can and will come from life experiences, it shouldn’t come without exposure to both sides.  Public schools should concentrate on life needs outside of a family responsibility and relating to the physical aspect of life rather than the spiritual.  Paul tells us in 1st Corinthians – “The first man Adam became a living being.”  The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.  However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual (15:45-46).

Children should be taught in school things relative to a worldly and needed knowledge and allow parents to teach their children about what they personally believe, allowing and trusting in God to show them truth.  Again Paul tells us that those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit….because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be (Romans 8:6-7).

Titus was a trustedand reliable helper for Paul and became Paul’s emissary to the church at Corinth.  It is a short book consisting of only three chapters and you might want to check it out.  In the 2nd chapter we are told – For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and wordly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ (2:11-13).

Martin Luther once said that It is no use to anybody for a tree to bud and blossom if the blossom does not develop into fruit.

Kevin Harrison

WCBCS, 7459 S IH 35, Waco, TX, USA