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From the desk of Chuck Hurley:

It is likely you already know about the pending "Day of Silence" coming to a
school near you this Friday, April 25th. Organizers of the event say its purpose is
to bring attention to harmful anti-homosexual behavior, such as name-calling,
bullying, and harassment in schools. This year's event, specifically, is being held
in memory of Lawrence King, an "openly gay" eighth grade boy who was shot
and killed by a classmate last month.1

I have received many phone calls and emails voicing understandable frustration
about this event. Admittedly, the promotion (especially to children) of such a
harmful lifestyle that is directly contrary to God's perfect design provokes
righteous anger in me also. The question then becomes, what do we do with our
anger that will bring glory and honor to God?

By Christ's example, we are clearly not to remain passive. Jesus did not throw his
hands in the air and turn away when he saw sin in the world. Instead, he came
into the world with his arms wide open. He made no excuses for sin, teaching
that, "Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches
others 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 people
flocked 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 and
passionate desire to redeem them from it.

As parents and teachers, we look for teachable moments. I believe the "Day of
Silence" provides one. We have a responsibility to pray diligently and discern
carefully what God wants to teach us and our children through this controversial
event, 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 voice
opposition by keeping their children home from school that day. Some have
been prompted to leave public education altogether, seeking alternatives through
home or private schooling. Still others plan for their children to attend school
and confront this promotion of evil by standing for the Truth in love. Regardless
of your child's physical location on April 25th, I encourage you to consider the
 Take this opportunity to dive into scripture as a family, seeking wisdom from
God's Word about how Christians should conduct themselves when taking a
stand for God's truth, such as I Pet. 3:15: "But in your hearts set apart Christ as
Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give
the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and
 Educate your teenagers about God's view of the homosexual agenda (Rom. 1,
I Cor. 6, etc.). Encourage them to speak out boldly and humbly. Help them
craft a statement that they are comfortable voicing to "Day of Silence"
participants. For example, "I respect your willingness to take a public stand on
issues you believe in, but I believe God created sex to be between a married
man and woman." (The story of the fiery furnace in chapter 3 of Daniel is a
great discussion starter about taking a bold stand for the Lord.)
 Use this day as a call to prayer. Adults, pray for administrators, teachers, and
students to be drawn to the love of God and his Truth through supernatural
intervention. Students, pray throughout the day for the salvation and healing
of "openly gay" students.
The fear of men should not make us passive. The fear of sin should not make us
bitter. Instead, the fear of God should make our light shine so brightly before
men, that they may see our good deeds and praise our Father in heaven (Mt.

May God bless you today, as you seek wisdom. And, when He shows Himself
faithful, I would love to hear how your family has been blessed through the

In Christ's Service,

Chuck Hurley
IFPC President

1. [Vargas, J.A. (2008) For slain youth, world wide web of mourners. Retrieved April 22, 2008 from the Washington Post website:]

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