In light of the uproar regarding the recent assembly at the Dunkerton school, I feel compelled to offer a few observations on the subject. This issue goes much deeper than whether or not the group who gave the presentation crossed a line or even that the school administration acted responsibly or not.  I knew nothing about the planned assembly and was not able to attend the “make-up” meeting held on Monday night.  Therefore, I don’t think it wise to enter that argument. 

However, I DO believe that we should look at the larger issue here and act in response to the spiritual reality that is being writ large across the face of our community.  I was present at the school board meeting, and for the life of me, I cannot see that it accomplished anything useful.  It DID demonstrate the reality that Satan is active in our town. I don’t remember when I have witnessed so much rancor and malice among so-called civilized people. 

A significant component in the life of a follower of Christ is the ongoing battle against the unseen spirits of darkness in our midst.  Ephesians 6:12 reminds us, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”  (NASB)  We should no longer live under the delusion that our little town school is unaffected by the evil influences of the government’s oversight of public education.  On the one hand, we have been reminded that a Christian message has no place in public school because of the standard of so-called “separation of church and state.”  But the reality is that our school is indoctrinating the students with the destructive lessons of “tolerance and diversity” which are destroying the fabric of orderly society and the sanctity of the home. Once again, we see that EVERY viewpoint is valid — EXCEPT biblical Christianity! 

We have to ask ourselves some hard questions about how the body of Christ should respond to such evil in our midst.  Shouting and accusing will not help.  The church of the Living Lord Jesus needs to fight the spiritual battle that has come to us, and our most powerful weapon is prayer.  I see this trouble as a long-overdue invitation to seek the Lord’s face and favor for the sake of our school and community.  Let’s find ways to serve the school with Christian love and compassion and in the process flood the halls and streets with prayer.  We cannot fight the devil in our own strength, but the Spirit of God fights for us as we submit ourselves to Him and cry out to Him in prayer.

We also need to repent of our sins of passing off parental responsibility to the school (and the church, for that matter).  Christian parents needs to teach their kids about truth and sin and salvation, which is found only in Christ Jesus.  Let us rise above the petty and self-serving cries of hurt feelings and offended sensibilities and demonstrate the gospel by our lives.  Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. {Eph 6:10 (NASB)}

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