‘BIBLE LITERACY’ COURSES ARE SWEEPING ACROSS THE COUNTRY RIGHT NOW, GIVING PUBLIC STUDENTS THE CHANCE TO STUDY THE BIBLE
Jason Yates, My Faith Votes
Efforts to infuse “Bible literacy” courses into the public school system have garnered so much attention, President Donald Trump is tweeting about the topic. Trump lauded the idea of “giving students the option of studying the Bible” in school. President Trump tweeted, “Numerous states introducing Bible Literacy classes, giving students the option of studying the Bible. Starting to make a turn back? Great!” The President’s tweet came not long after Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” aired a segment reporting on the “Bible literacy” bills that have been introduced in six state legislatures. This year, such proposals are under consideration in North Dakota, Missouri, Indiana, West Virginia, Virginia and Florida. The “Bible literacy” proposals would “require or encourage public schools to offer elective classes on the Bible’s literary and historical significance,” according to a USA Today report. Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin signed legislation in June 2017, paving the way for similar courses in public education. read more
The pilgrims came to America to build a new life and a community that would protect freedom of conscience and religious liberty. It was this desire for spiritual freedom that drove them to risk their lives by coming to America in the hope of passing freedom on to their children and future generations. And then the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and our nation’s founding era made clear the fact that faith was central in the birth of our nation and the establishment of our government. The fact that offering elective Bible literacy courses in public schools is so controversial and foreign to Americans reveals how far we have drifted from the entire quest for religious freedom that gave birth to our nation. The founding fathers had no intention of barring religion from the public square. Yet, the phrase “Separation of Church and State” has in many ways been used to do exactly that and it’s important for us to read about and know the true history behind the phrase.
Pray for the bold legislators who are introducing this legislation in six different states. Pray for them to have wisdom on how to present the legislation and to have favor with their colleagues as they work to get it passed. Pray for biblical truth to take hold in the hearts and minds of this nation.
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