The Expository Files

It Makes No Sense

It makes no sense. None at all. None.

It is a public high school. Administration, faculty and students gather and pray. Where is the ACLU when you need them? Don't they know that you can't have public school teachers, administrators and students praying together? Don't they know they are jeopardizing our constitutional freedoms by allowing such? Keep prayer at church! Don't allow religious yearnings to be expressed in such a public forum. In the case of religious expression, have we not learned that our constitution means we are free to express ourselves in such matters as long as we are not in any way associated with the state at the time?

It makes no sense.

It makes no sense that the teaching of Biblically based morality, or that there is (or even may be) a God that created us in His image, or that principles of right and wrong are absolute and real; it makes no sense that the teaching of these things are prohibited and that public schools must pretend that these are all non issues. Refer to these things at all and a teacher could well be in a "heap o' trouble!" Never mind that to the degree that we are committed to these Biblical principles, to that degree we are a safer and happier nation.

It makes no sense.

It makes no sense that teachers and children must not participate in these things together until tragedy strikes and the innocent are dead and dying, and then coming together to call upon God for comfort and strength is permissible, at least until a proper period of mourning is complete. Then I suppose it becomes unconstitutional once again.

It makes no sense.

It makes no sense that prayer is not allowed to prevent tragedy, but only as a response to tragedy which has already occurred.

It makes no sense.

It makes no sense to say that our ancestors crawled out of primitive ooze, fought their way up the evolutionary chain to our present state, and then to suggest that murdering one another is somehow wrong. Isn't that what evolution and "survival of the fittest" is all about? The unfit perish. the slowest, weakest, less adaptable are removed as the stronger and fitter survive to produce young. and so forth. Listen! That is what many of our schools must teach today, while at the same time they are required to ignore the creation theory. And then we wring our hands when some young person or persons get guns and bombs and take their rightful places in the evolution of the race by removing some of the less fit specimens, and we ask "How could such and such a tragedy happen?" But I wonder, "How could it not happen?"

Readers; It only makes sense to call the events of Littleton, Paducah, Jonesborough and others "tragedies" if the victims were something more than the products of cold, blind chance. And they are. The schools just are not permitted to teach them so. At one time they were, before the reinterpretation of the constitution. Do you, like me, think that sometimes it appears as if our nation is in a whirlwind of moral confusion and tragedy? Why do we expect any different? We are sowing the wind, just as certainly as those of Hosea's day.

"For they sow the wind, And they reap the whirlwind. The standing grain has no heads; It yields no grain. Should it yield, strangers would swallow it up." (Hosea 8:7)

By Jon W. Quinn
From Expository Files 6.5; May 1999