This “Are You Kidding Me…??” moment is brought to us today by the United States Public School System.
“…A 10-year-old girl wrote what her mother describes as a “cute” presentation for a class assignment to discuss who she sees as her idol. When she chose the Lord Almighty, her teacher demanded a more appropriate idol, like, er … Michael Jackson?“
She said her daughter was told to start over and pick another idol.
“But my teacher said I couldn’t write about God. She said It has something to do with God and God can’t be my idol,” said Shead about what her daughter told her.
Erin told her mother she was also not allowed to leave the assignment about God at school, that it must go home.
On the second try, Erin chose Michael Jackson, which was acceptable.
Come to think of it, showing the teacher the definition of the word “irony” might not be such a bad idea, either.
But I only partially blame the teacher. The primary culprit here is the Politically Correct, no-one-should-be-offended-except-Christians culture which we’ve been tacitly allowing for so many years. Christianity has been increasingly marginalized and often outright demonized… and we’ve let it happen.
This instance is not just a single occurrence: it happens in the workplace when someone is told to not openly wear a cross because it might offend someone, or told to take down an “offensive” Bible verse posted in their cubicle. And it happens in schools, in situations like the one mentioned above, or when a high school football team is told they may not have student-led prayer after a game. And it happens in a myriad of other ways.
Every. Single. Day.
By allowing our faith to be banished from the Public Square in the interest of “tolerance”, we’re simply reinforcing the now-common cultural assumption that our faith is something which should be hidden away, out of sight, …never to be discussed in polite society.
And I’m pretty sure I recall reading something, somewhere, to the contrary…
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.