I met with our Perry Ministerial Association of which I have the privilege to currently serve as President. I explained to them the burden and desire to see a Bible elective class offered in the public school systems. After two meetings, everyone was completely on board with the proposal and I sent a letter off to the superintendent of Houston County schools. Together, the PMA decided to fund the whole class from textbooks to a teacher (I volunteered). In my opinion, this was a huge roadblock out of the way. To say I had confidence in a good decision would be an understatement.
However, upon returning from last week's Campmeeting services in Tifton, GA, I received a quick response back from the superintendent of schools. The letter was actually dated June 1st. In the letter, the request for consideration was denied by the board and was given a final push with the notion, "We have no intentions of considering this at this time . . . " With the threat of a pending lawsuit due to the praying and acknowledging God at two Houston County high school graduations, I half expected the request to be denied due to the pressure the board may be under. However, these were not the reasons given nor was the time congruent with the original letter's response and the subsequent monstrosity from an out of state man. Instead, budget restrictions were cited as the first reason. This was cited despite the PMA's offer to fund the class. Second, it was suggested the teacher of such class would need to be an employee of the school system. This was cited despite my offer to teach and go through an interview process. Lastly, the possible consideration for a Bible elective was said to possibly result in a disruption in the integration of new classes into the curriculum offerings for the high schools. I'm very confused at how considering a new class would cause disruption in the consideration and integration of new classes going on anyway . . . Needless to say, I am disappointed. I responded cordially and respectfully to express my disappointment and respectful disagreement with this decision while reciting the above reasons and rationales.
I will say that if the Board would choose not to pursue this in light of the possible situation going on, I can understand that to a large degree. Still, me being me, if I felt strong enough about God being back in the public eye and in the school systems, work force, and government as has been said, I have to think that sometimes you have to stand up and press forward in spite of distractions, threats, and persecutions. At the same time, there is a time and place for everything, and if indeed now is not the time for consideration of putting the Bible back in our school systems, then I have to ask when is the right time? Maybe it's the fighter in me, but I become nervous and almost fearful at the thought of one more year or two more years passing without Biblical and Christian infiltration of our public squares, schools, and cities. And if now isn't the right time, which current existing factors for dismissal will no longer be viable in a year or two?
With the larger situation at hand, (possible lawsuit as mentioned in the blog, "I'm Offended by the Tooth Fairy), I believe there is great importance to maintain a unified front against the impediment at hand and I want to make clear my stance if it isn't already: we stand boldly and strongly with the Board of Education in its allowing students to pray and sing to their Savior during Graduation and other exercises. This is a fundamental American right. We must not allow Christ to continue to be bludgeoned from society any longer. So make no mistake about it, our prayers and support are 100% with the Board in this stand off if indeed one is made. Having said that, I do believe that a Bible elective for our high schools is both imperative and implementable, and to say the least, needful.
At this point, I have not decided on a next step. I do have something in the works that should I go through with it is built on another little known Georgia Law which would make the Bible part of school offerings irregardless of Board approval. However, it takes a little money and a little time to put together. Should I continue in this route after I'm done gathering and researching information, I'll announce it here and will more than likely schedule several community meetings to put the pieces together. In the meantime, I ask that we continue to pray and lift up our Board and school systems and administrations. May we pray and stand in support of our students who desire to recognize their Lord and Savior for their achievements much the same as our Founding Fathers did for their monumental and history changing exploits. And may we continue to pray and support legislation and activism which seeks to put Christ, the Bible, and prayer back at the forefront of American society. Our future depends on it and the future is now.
To gain further feedback, I've devised an online poll and placed it on the homepage of this website. The poll asks questions about your feelings about a Bible elective and further measures. I would love to hear from you as I continue to pray and seek direction on what to do next. Thanks and God bless!