A fantastic thing happened Friday. It was truly God's doing. A few small-time parents, including myself tried to stand up for our faith about a book that contained lies about Christians and made fun of the Bible. It has been mandatory reading at a public school for about 12 years. It was truly affecting the students in a negative way, creating hatred and misunderstanding. We were told we could do nothing about it.
We prayed for 5 years, wrote letters, and met with administrators. But nothing budged.
Yesterday, unexpectedly I was invited to a meeting in the office of the "powers that be". I didn't want to go...because I'm tired of fighting this book. I placed it in God's hands. I said, "Lord, you are going to have to slay this giant."
As I was going over my notes before the meeting, I still had the story of David and Goliath in my head. I thought, "David went to the stream and found five smooth stones--maybe I need five good points to bring to this meeting." Immediately another thought came into my mind.
"David only used one stone."
Was that God? (I don't know)...but at that point I knew, that I didn't have to worry about what to say at the meeting. It would be in God's hands from here on out. I called another parent to go with me...and off we went.
In the small meeting, my friend and I were told the book was going to be taken off the mandatory reading list and placed on the extended reading list. (that's a major change!) I tried to sit still and not jump up in the air in joy. Goliath is slain!
I can't believe it!! That book has been so heavy on my heart for years. It's because I have seen first hand...that it misleads young people who are not familiar with Christian faith. This book "introduces" them to the Christian faith, and believe me...after reading this book, they don't want to be associated with the word "Christian".
I believe that all religions and people groups should be treated with respect at school. If a belief system is going to be discussed in class, it should be represented accurately and respectfully.
Additional reading about the book
A paper I wrote is here (but it makes more sense if you've read the book)
Thanks for listening....
I couldn't resist posting another view of Bodie.