Things Have Changed Since 1987

Things Have Changed Since 1987

I recently had my old home movies converted from VCR tapes to DVD. Of course I couldn’t resist watching a few of them. What a trip down memory lane! One video in particular really struck me. It was the Student Council installation ceremony from my senior year in high school. Each year the newly elected members participated in a ceremony in front of the student body. The program began with the pledge of allegiance followed by reciting the Lord’s Prayer. Next one member of the student council would give a reading from the Bible. I am so thankful I was raised in Westville, Oklahoma when these things were commonplace in a public school.

I imagine the installation program has been reworked by now to make it more politically correct. Maybe they’ve even stopped praying before the start of each football game. If so, it would be a great loss. These moments of corporate worship were part of what helped shape my character as a young adult.

This reminds me of a line from the song Christmas with a Capital C. This song is about the controversy around saying, “Merry Christmas.” There is a line from the song that haunts me. They sing, “It’s my country too.” It makes me think that Christians have been too passive about letting Jesus be taken out of modern life.

Maybe Jesus wants to stir up the “overturning table” spirit in His church. Perhaps He wishes that, “Zeal for His house would eat us up” (from Psalm 69:9.) I’m not trying to start a revolution here, only to suggest that we be less passive about the freedoms that have been taken from us as Christians.

So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. - Revelation 3:16 (NKJV)

Perhaps if there were more Christians serving on school boards, giving financially to Christian political candidates, and running for office, we could reclaim some of this lost ground. Listen closely to the promptings of the Holy Spirit in your heart. Is God leading you to become more active in our civic world? May His spirit empower you!