It’s a story often told in other places, but recently it has been told close by, right here in our new home in White County. The ACLU steps in and threatens suit against the County Board of Education because “Bibles” were being passed out in one of our schools.
The complaint is a little deeper. Members of a local chapter of the Gideons, an international Bible distribution organization headquartered in Nashville, came into the classroom, and students were invited up to get a Bible if they wanted one. It is being reported that one student said “she didn’t want to take [a Bible] but felt pressured to do so.” Her mother later complained to school officials and then to the ACLU.
Let’s be clear. The Gideons do distribute Bibles with the intent to provide those who receive them and read them an opportunity to learn of God and His great love, demonstrated to us through Christ and His sacrifice and resurrection. They hope and pray that many will come to repentance and faith in Jesus. However, they do not force the Scriptures upon anyone. Even this student admitted they did not force her to accept a Bible; she took it out of her own free will as she felt pressured by her peers. Surely we cannot blame the Gideons for peer pressure.
The intentions of the Gideons aside, the Bible is clearly the most influential writing upon the American culture. This is especially true in the south, even truer in the southeast, and overwhelmingly so in places as Gospel influenced as White County Tennessee. Surely, even atheists, agnostics, and skeptics would want their own children to be informed of the whys and hows of the common culture around them. What better way to understand why your neighbors and your children’s friends go to church on Sundays, abhor homosexuality and abortion, and why many give more than 10% of their money to the church and mission causes?
If I were living in Iraq or Saudi Arabia, I would not be shocked nor upset if my children were handed a Koran in a public setting. In fact, I would expect it, and I would take the opportunity to use the FREE information to teach my children the TRUTH.
If you believe the Bible is just religion made up by men, then by all means don’t take one for yourself. It is your right. However, if you are not afraid of learning the truth, take one, and read it, you might just find out that it shows you THE WAY , The Truth, and The Life (John 14:6 NKJV Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me”). What harm is there in the quest for real truth? (John 8:32 NKJV And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”).
Let us Read His Word together. It does show us The Way!