AUTHOR:Faith Driven Consumer
Apr 17, 2013 10:44 AM
Faith Driven Consumers have opportunity to share biblical truth in the schools
Whether we realize it or not, each of us makes about 5,000 decisions every day. Some choices are so mundane and automatic that they barely register as blips on our radar. Others have major impact in our lives and reverberate into eternity.
As Faith Driven Consumers, we know from a biblical understanding of stewardship that every choice matters and has consequences. And we know we are called to be good stewards of our time, talent and treasure and are accountablefor how well we manage the resources we are entrusted with.
As a powerful new market segment, Faith Driven Consumers are increasingly comfortable making faith-compatible decisions in the economic and voting arenas of American life. But did you know that good stewardship also compels us to make our collective voices heard in the local school systems we send our children to and support with our tax dollars?
In many places in America today, public schools have been taken over by a worldview and political agenda that is intolerant toward biblical values on important cultural flashpoints like sexuality, gender identity, marriage and family. This is particularly true in schools where events like the Day of Silence are promoted by adult-driven activist groups like the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network.
In contrast to the Day of Silence, where students are encouraged to promote homosexuality, bisexuality and transgenderism by refusing to speak during the day in their classrooms, a positive alternative known as the Day of Dialogue exists for faith-driven Christian students to be salt and light in their schools and share biblical truth on these topics in a loving and respectful way.
The good news for Faith Driven Consumers and our school-aged children is that the courts have ruled that the American constitutional freedom of free speech and religious liberty does not have to be checked at the school house door.
While some Christians call for the removal of their children from classes on the Day of Silence in order to protect them and protest viewpoint discrimination on that day, the opportunity for thousands of Christian students across America to participate in the Day of Dialogue is an idea to be seriously considered.
By encouraging our children to winsomely engage their peers in conversation that encourages true tolerance for differing viewpoints, we as Faith Driven Consumers pour into the next generation the skills they need to effectively participate in the civic process and better steward a biblical worldview in an increasingly contentious culture.