Sunday, June 10, 2007

Slaying Goliath- (draft #2)

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.


JAM said...

That's awesome. I rejoice with you. It's like trying to rid your house of termites or other pests. It takes time. Good for you and your friends, your years of work and prayer have really paid off.

The Gatekeeper said...

And in these five years can you imagine the battle that went on behind the scenes? If you could have a conversation with the Angel God placed in charge he would probably tell ya it was one heck of a fight! Yay!!

Janey Loree said...

Congratulations Cousin! Or should I call you "Davidette"!! Thanks for sticking to your guns er, I mean stones!!! TnT and I have been to Bodie and walked down the same boardwalk! Great picture!!

Becky Wolfe said...

Wow! An amazing story of patience & persistance & triumph! I had not heard of that particular book but I applaud you & the ones with you for standing against it for so long.

And I wonder what happened in the mind of the decision makers to finally take this out of the system. God works in many ways & I pray He is working in their lives too!

Another great photo - how I love old towns. Our pastor hopes to set up cabins on his property & give them "mock storefront" old town feel. It will probably be years in the making but I already anticipate it with excitement!