It's voting time again! This is the time where we as Americans have the chance to have "the will of the people" be heard. So many immoral and ungodly things are going on in our world. We need to stand up for what we know to be true and good.
So many people misunderstand the meaning of "separation of church and state." This doesn't mean we can't talk politics at church or vote for what your church teaches to be true (morally). It doesn't mean we can't pray at school or ask our friends in art class to come to church with us. It simply means that the Pope (used as an example, even though he's not American) cannot serve as the Pope and President of the United States of America at the same time. Religion cannot be forced. While there are tax stipulations that inhibit non-profit churches from speaking political views from the pulpit, that can't stop hallway chitchat. While the conversational subject of politics is considered taboo in so many places it is so important to not be ignorant of your local and national dealings. I urge you to please be aware of what is happening in your area and make your voice heard!
Slightly switching gears here, I have had a pleasant surprise in 2 of my college classes. I get to talk about Jesus and God's plan for us, and it is encouraged! One class deals with sociology of the family. My professor is a retired pastor and has no qualms with bringing religion or politics into the classroom. He even started the first class with scriptures from the Bible!
In my British Literature class we are studying some of JRR Tolkien's works. Do I need say more? Many of the test questions are asking for themes his work sets out. How awesome is that! One question I just did was a theme on the Holy Spirit and how he whispers messages to you when you are in trouble.
All my life I had been taught you can mention religion in school. Working in daycare I was told not to mention religion. I felt so empty, and odd not being able to share such a basic part of who I am. Now that I have the chance it feels odd because it goes against what was ingrained in my head. But my heart is happy. I would love to see classes like these encouraged in the public school system, but it all goes back to the misunderstanding of "separation of church and state." Our Pledge of Allegiance says, "One nation, under God." Our money says, "In God we Trust," and yet we cannot pray at school openly. It may be several years from now, but who knows.... if enough of us stand up and VOTE FOR TRUTH AND GOODNESS we just may make it right again! This helps fill everyone's cups!