Praying for Prison

We are getting closer every day to the time when the Christian faith itself may be illegal in the U.S.  Last week, I saw a story about two men who have been brought up on charges and are facing jail time for praying in public.

Students, teachers and local pastors are protesting over a court case involving a northern Florida school principal and an athletic director who are facing criminal charges and up to six months in jail over their offer of a mealtime prayer.

. . .

The criminal charges, which carry up to a $5,000 fine and a six-month jail term, originated with a Jan. 28 incident in which Mr. Lay, a deacon at a local Baptist church, asked Mr. Freeman to offer mealtime prayers at a lunch for school employees and booster-club members who had helped with a school field-house project.

Mr. Staver said no students were present at the event, which was held on school property but after school hours.

This means that these guys are facing fines and jail time for praying at an event with no students present, because some other adult in the room got offended apparently.  And even if students were present (which is apparently a point of contention) are they actually being harmed by someone saying a prayer?  If these people don’t believe God exists, then what do they care anyway?  When a young child has an “imaginary” friend, have you ever known someone to get bent out of shape about it?  This is absurdity.  This school district is completely out of its mind, which is shown by another tidbit in this story:

Mr. Staver said the district also agreed to forbid senior class President Mary Allen from speaking at the school’s May 30 graduation ceremony on the chance that the young woman, a known Christian, might say something religious.

“She was the first student body president in 33 years not allowed to speak,” he said.

Heaven forbid, that a person might say something religious at a school graduation.  Actually, heaven is OK with it; it is man who wants to forbid it.

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3 thoughts on “Praying for Prison

  1. The message of the cross, as you know, is foolishness to those who are perishing (1 Corinthians 1:18).

    The gospel is an offensive message to those who are wrapped up in sin. Jesus knew it when said:

    “Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” –Matthew 10:34.

    I heard one of the popular Bible teachers remark recently that people are sick of us Christians and that they’d wish we go away. Well, someday soon they will get their wish when we’re out of here in the twinkling of an eye. Then they’ll wish we were back!

  2. I have been rethinking my eschatology Joe, I am not sure we are bailing out before the tribulation, and pretty sure there will be more martyrs than empty car seats. I really look to Jeff and those more educated for a clue. I just think things will be far worse, far quicker, than most Americans are prepared for.
    Look to Europe. The R.C.’s involvement in kingmaking and politics and everything but Gospel left the continent devoid of faith, and then came Islam. Islam did not take over from Christianity, it filled a void. I fear the same may happen here.

  3. Will,
    You have reminded me that I have a couple of posts to add when I get a chance. There are a lot of interesting developments falling into place and this is the season to be ever watchful.

    And while I appreciate your kind compliments, I must tell you that I am simply an avid student who loves to teach what I have been taught by God’s Word and many wise men who study it like we do.

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