From the desk of Chuck Hurley:
It is likely you already know about the pending "Day of Silence" coming to aschool near you this Friday, April 25th. Organizers of the event say its purpose isto bring attention to harmful anti-homosexual behavior, such as name-calling,bullying, and harassment in schools. This year's event, specifically, is being heldin memory of Lawrence King, an "openly gay" eighth grade boy who was shotand killed by a classmate last month.
I have received many phone calls and emails voicing understandable frustrationabout this event. Admittedly, the promotion (especially to children) of such aharmful lifestyle that is directly contrary to God's perfect design provokesrighteous anger in me also. The question then becomes, what do we
with ouranger that will bring glory and honor to God?By Christ's example, we are clearly not to remain passive. Jesus did not throw hishands in the air and turn away when he saw sin in the world. Instead, he cameinto the world with his arms wide open. He made no excuses for sin, teachingthat, "Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teachesothers to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven" (Mt. 5:19). Jesus was clear that certain behaviors are unacceptable to God, yet peopleflocked to him because he also made it clear that God loves them in spite of sin. Jesus' love for sinners does not equate to acceptance of sin, but to a deep andpassionate desire to redeem them from it.As parents and teachers, we look for teachable moments. I believe the "Day ofSilence" provides one. We have a responsibility to pray diligently and discerncarefully what God wants to teach us and our children through this controversialevent, and to understand from his Word how to stand up for His Truth.There are several possible action points to consider. Some parents plan to voiceopposition by keeping their children home from school that day. Some havebeen prompted to leave public education altogether, seeking alternatives throughhome or private schooling. Still others plan for their children to attend schooland confront this promotion of evil by standing for the Truth in love. Regardlessof your child's physical location on April 25th, I encourage you to consider thefollowing:
Take this opportunity to dive into scripture as a family, seeking wisdom fromGod's Word about how Christians should conduct themselves when taking astand for God's truth, such as I Pet. 3:15:
But in your hearts set apart Christ asLord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give