“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. ” 1 John 3:1
For those of you who do not live in United States there is a high school senior in Tennessee who said “bless you” to a fellow classmate and was reprimanded by the teacher. Turns out “bless you” is on the list of phrases in this teachers classroom that is forbidden to say. Needless to say, many of us were greatly offended by this teachers actions, myself included. Furthermore, there is now a Christian group suing the school for violation of the students 2nd Amendment Rights.
The goal of the enemy is to keep us offended at one another. Are we not taught in the Bible to pray for our enemy? What kind of Christian example are we showing this teacher by going on the attack? This teacher’s soul is just as important to God as ours. Why don’t we show her the love of Jesus instead of allowing the enemy to create strife among us? Maybe God wanted to use this high school senior to bring this teacher to salvation by us Christians showing her love and then trusting Him enough to take care of both the student and the teacher. It is not our job to persecute this teacher or this school. It is our job to get on our knees and pray for God’s guidance and understanding for all who are involved.
Matthew 5:43-47 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? ”
Allow God to use this student, those around her and us, as Christians, to glorify Him by showing His grace and love in this situation. Yes, it is a sad state of affairs when our teachers won’t allow “bless you” to be said in a classroom and the Bible banned from schools. The world worries more about offending everyone else than they do God. That child not being able to say “bless you” at school is not going to cause her to lose her salvation but the strife among everyone else will cause us to lose it. Let’s pray for the student’s strength and understanding. Let’s praise God for giving her a rock to stand on in His Word, the Cross to go to for His mercy and a testimony to tell others about how she showed God’s love when the trial came. The wrath of the religious is not what brings the lost to Jesus but His love will. – Donna Warren