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God Was Once Welcome Here in the United States

Ignore the in-my-face obvious issues and lend all of my attention to unwarranted, groundless non-issues? Not happening!

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When will such disregard for human life end?

I heard some staggering and heartbreaking stats:

Millennials (ages 18-35) my children's age group, are the least outwardly religious generation in American History!

They are products of secular education and a secular society.

If God does have any type of role in their lives, they are very private about it.

I've also heard repeatedly, with each new senseless taking of life:

"What are we going to do about the gun problem?"

"Why are we still recognizing antiquated Amendments, such as the right to keep and bear arms?"

"When will this disregard for life stop?"

"Why does God allow these things to happen?"

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When I was in school, God was welcome!

The 'Golden Rule' and Scripture was prominently displayed in the hallways of our schools.

Also, prominently displayed...guns, on rear window racks of many trucks in the school parking lot, belonging to students and teachers. (it was quite common to see guns prominently displayed in personal vehicles; in the parking lots of churches, at grocery stores, in the schoolyard and all around town)

We had prayer in the morning, right along with the singing of patriotic songs and the reciting of the pledge of allegiance.

  • We DID NOT HAVE school shootings

But, then one day, things changed!

Suddenly, one random complaint would be enough to change the course of history -

Suddenly, offense would be taken with all mentions of a Father God...of a Creator God.

Over time, the Golden Rule - 'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you', would disappear from the hallways of our schools.

As the Golden Rule was being painted over or removed, God was getting booted out...no more prayer time...any such time, would have to be called something else.

Suddenly one lone complaint, became two or more -

Suddenly offense was taken at all mentions of God.

Initially, some took a stand, not all surrendered to the 'feelings argument', also known as, the political correctness movement, at least not right away!

They tried to work out a plan to accommodate all, appease everyone, without completely expelling God from the schoolhouse.

Perhaps if they didn't call it prayer time, but rather a private moment to reflect on life....a reflection time!

But, reflection time, left too much room for the easily offended to remain offended.

What if some children actually continued to pray during that time? What assurance did they have that someone would not be praying?

A lot goes into destroying a foundation - it doesn't happen overnight

The ungodly, easily offended...did not want to see any evidence of God in the school and with so-called 'moments of silence', there is that implication...that some may be praying to a higher authority; something much larger and greater than an individual or a group and that...wasn't acceptable!

Threats of lawsuits was something that schools just didn't need; all of the drama, expense, bad publicity, etc., much simpler to just phase out reflection time as well, so as not to make waves.

You get the picture -

Best to just boot God out of the schoolhouse, for he would leave, without incident!

What changed?

Around the time God was being booted out of school, along came Roe v Wade:

Permission granted to end the life of another, so that your life wouldn't be interrupted!

Permission granted to live dangerously, if it felt good do it, without any consequence!

Groovy!

The internet, (good things, along with a lot of bad, at the fingertips of our kids) Violent and more realistic shows, movies and video games...video games which would come to include...the hunting of human targets.

As for those guns which were visible all around American towns, even in the schoolyard parking lot, although they always stayed put, right where placed, they too became targets

So, to recap, God bad.

Sexual promiscuity and killing babies in the womb, good.

Guns, bad.

Pretending to maim, rape or blow away human beings for points, good.

It all came to a head, in 1999 , the first school shooting in the U.S., at Columbine High School...

and then another school shooting, church shootings, more school shootings, movie theater shooting, nightclub shooting, prayer meeting shooting, workplace shooting, church shooting, concert shooting, school shooting....

What changed?

Hmm...yes indeed, what changed?



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We don't need God, until we do...

I turned on the News and the story was about multiple people in the spotlight, with a voice...and a microphone, with a platform - choosing to regularly insult people of faith.

It appears to be a current and trendy thing to mock Christians, here in America!

I am not feeling very optimistic about our future, with the knowledge that God has been locked out of the schoolhouse building and kicked off the football field.

I do not find comfort in hearing that many young people are tuned out to the thought or notion of a Heavenly Father, all why wondering why he allows...bad things to happen!

There is nothing encouraging about the constant, public mockery made of those grounded in their Faith, sustained in a belief of one much grander than they...as it becomes more common with each new day, each new broadcast.

At least, up until, the next tragedy and then those same people...do not know where else to turn, they do not know what else to do, but to call upon God!

It is always the same words, the same reactions:

"These kids, that family, those communities... are in our thoughts and prayers."

"A prayer vigil will be held tonight."

"A moment of silence, a time for reflection, will be taking place."

"God be with them."

How much longer will we resist living in a land, where God has been locked out, where Christians are mocked for their Faith, where backs are turned on our Heavenly Father...up until, no other Name, no other Comforter can be found.

It is not enough for me to only call upon God, during crisis -

I need him every hour, I need him...

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2018 A B Williams

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A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on June 05, 2020:

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A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on December 01, 2018:

Just came across this clip.

Handled so well and so spot on in my opinion:

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A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on March 26, 2018:

Hi shanmarie - I agree with you on the abortion issue.

I am so tired of the excuses continually used and the ways so many attempt to justify the taking of a life.

I was in middle school when Roe v Wade became law and I personally witnessed how it changed and ruined many lives!

Some of these girls...women today, have never gotten over it and sadly, never will, it haunts them. (many young men too, that never had a say)

They were told by their Science Teachers, by the Supreme Court, by that horrible required reading 'Our Bodies, Ourselves', that there wasn't really anything there, clumps of cells and nothingness and they weren't really destroying the life of their baby. Now they know better.

There should be another March in addition to the March for Life, Remembering 'The Big Lie of '73 March' or something along those lines.

Leland Johnson from Midland MI on March 26, 2018:

Shanmarie: Some of it is semantics- in my observations what I've seen is that when people talk about gun control they really mean gun confiscation. I actually see the two as synonymous. I just heard that 11 kids die every day because of texting while driving, yet there is no great outcry from our nation's youth to police this situation, and that's problem that's easily solved. Just put your phone in the glove box, or somewhere safe while driving. If they can't get the small, easy things right I question that they have the judgement to get a huge issue like gun violence under control.

Shannon Henry from Texas on March 26, 2018:

I agree that gun control is very different from taking them away and/or banning them.

Leland Johnson from Midland MI on March 26, 2018:

Thanks AB, and likewise :) TTYL

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on March 26, 2018:

I hate so much that schoolchildren are being used by the left once again and yes it is hard for them to make a move without advertising it...scary! Scarier, that groups of teens were placing themselves in dangerous situations (via the "walk-outs" you mentioned), without realizing it!

I look forward to reading your upcoming hub Leland.

Leland Johnson from Midland MI on March 26, 2018:

AB- I agree with all the points you've made. My concern about kids is that they are really over praised in our culture. They are marching, appearing on CNN and 60 minutes talking about issues that Do concern them, but ones they don't really grasp. For example: Here in Michigan a group of teens organized the "walk out" to protest guns and school violence, then publicized it in social media. Leave it to kids to organize a rally against gun violence where they take some 700 fellow students and rallied them into a school media room. If a gunman wanted to inflict some real carnage the student body just assembled a "fish in a barrel" scenario. This happened across the country. It's an example of why kids shouldn't be calling the shots.

One other point- I am not pro gun control. In fact, I don't even like the term because it's misleading. When people say the words "gun control" it's inevitable conclusion is gun CONFISCATION. I'm currently working on a hub discussing the meaning of the 2nd amendment and how it applies to us today.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on March 25, 2018:

Thanks ya'll, great points made and taken. Good discussion here.

I too have always been around guns. I have had a permit to carry for about twelve years.

Back when I was going through my training, great emphasis was placed on knowing our weapon and how to take the proper care of our weapon, long before we went out to dismantle, mantle, load and shoot.

But, the thing that has always stayed with me, is our Instructor telling us to get up and leave the classroom, if we had any doubts or hesitation whatsoever, on whether we'd have the ability if (God forbid) we were ever put in the position to have to use it and Thank God I haven't been! By the way, no one left.

Carrying a weapon isn't for everyone. Having a weapon in the house isn't for everyone.

But.... the direction we are heading, talk of our Constitution being old and unnecessary today!

Young people saying they'll not be satisfied until there are no guns.(completely losing sight of the hate and/or illness that leads disturbed individuals to do horrible things.....they find a means/a way!) (completely losing sight of the fact that only the law-abiding citizen is affected when gun laws are restricted (or if guns are taken away, as some are calling for) I shudder to think about this Country where only the Gov (intended to be limited and to answer to the people) and the criminal element have all the weapons.

Leland Johnson from Midland MI on March 25, 2018:

I mis-spoke- The pastor from Danbury wasn't talking about bearing arms, but the right to free assembly, speech, practice of religion, etc.

Shannon Henry from Texas on March 25, 2018:

Hi Leland,

I do agree that we are who were are and that's just that. People grow and change, but at our core we are always the same. Actually, I appreciate the varied facets of personality. I think very few people who are labeled two-faced and things like it actually are. Like you said, when met with a certain attitude we tend to respond in kind. I think human mirror one another more often than is realized. And when you really know someone long enough and well enough you will see all sides of their personality, but if you know them at the core then you know the goodness of a person. Or lack thereof. I don't dislike someone I believe to be good and kind at heart when I see what they are like when angry or frustrated. But if the majority of my interactions with a person are rude then I can say my attempt at kindness is probably at least in part a sham. Have to say that's extremely rare, though. And some people just get off to a rocky start and then and up liking each other after all.

I totally understand your point about guns being dangerous and a need for great respect. My husband has stated several times that he wants a gun, but I refuse to have one in the house because of children. Even with safety locks I am not comfortable with that. He grew up around them, though. They are common in Southeast Texas because hunting is popular. But you're right that accidents are something to fear. Too many sad stories of accidents.

My comments below had more to do with the mass shooting taking place, though. Those kinds of people scare me more, in a way. While careless people are certainly those to put you on edge, the people who go in public planning these types of things in advance .... I shudder. The same kind of people who do things like the Austin bomber recently did. Gun control is a good thing, but what about the other things people can do instead. How do we do better preventing mass murder to begin with? Or any murder, for that matter.

I hadn't thought about the actual words to the constitution in years. Funny how it is all about semantics now that the founders are long gone. And interpretation of intentions. I do believe that they intended for people to freely worship God. It was the reason for escaping England to begin with.

Thanks for your thoughtful response to my comments. A B certainly gave people something to think about here.

Leland Johnson from Midland MI on March 25, 2018:

It is found no where in our founding or official documents. Not only that, but even in it's unofficial capacity it is taken out of context. The pastor told Jefferson he didn't believe Jefferson had the right to even mention that Americans had the right to bear arms, as stated in the 1st amendment, because it is an obvious right to assemble and practice religion without government interference, and that if the government thinks IT is the body that bestows that right upon the people, then surely IT (the government) could just as easily take that right away. Jefferson responded(in a private letter) by assuring the pastor that he had no intention of assuming such a position, but that the government was to distance itself from infringing upon the exercise of religion (and religion at the time was almost exclusively referring to Christianity/Judaism) and that as far as Jefferson was concerned there was "a wall of separation between church and state." The founders had no intention of kicking God out of our schools. Jefferson even attended a church service held in the Capital's rotunda two weeks after writing the pastor of the Danbury Congregations.

Leland Johnson from Midland MI on March 25, 2018:

Shanmarie: I see where you're coming from. One thing that is helping me to overcome negative responses is the understanding that no matter what you say, there will be people who respond to something harshly. You can be polite, and we should be, but that doesn't bind someone else to be polite. If I'm polite and treated disrespectfully, then I respond to that disrespect with disrespect, that proves to me that my initial politeness was a sham. I have to be who I am regardless of who other people choose to be.

About guns: I grew up with guns, my dad was a gun collector, I was a professional soldier. I've been around guns all my life, and i have to be honest- they do scare me. Not the gun itself, but the user. The fact is, people are careless more than they are evil. I've witnessed several gun accidents, the most egregious was during a training exercise while in the Army. A fellow soldier was accidentally shot dead not ten feet from me. That was an accident, not evil. I was once at a father/son retreat where there was skeet shooting. Walking back from the gun range I saw two 14 year old boys waving their shot guns around as they talked. I said, "boys, point those at the ground." One of them said, "you're not in charge here." You can bet I corrected that young man, but do you see my point? People are careless and because of that I am concerned about guns. On another occasion I went to a friend's house to celebrate a going away party for a mutual friend. Lots of kids were there. The owner of the home had been out hunting that day and had left several rifles on the dining room table. I couldn't believe it. I approached the home owner and asked him to put the guns away, which he did, but how careless. I'm sure he believed they weren't loaded, but you know what I was taught growing up? When is a gun unloaded? Never! People don't think that way. The majority is careless. I'm a strong 2nd amendment supporter, but I rarely do gun activities with friends anymore. Here where I live, about 5 years ago, an 11 year old boy went duck hunting with his dad. He was tracking a duck in flight and he tracked it too far and ended up shooting his father and killing him. Like I said, I recognize our American right to bear arms, and I support it. I just don't like to be around guns anymore. Seeing someone shot dead in and among professional soldiers should remind us that the gun is a tool, but it is a dangerous tool that deserves respect.

Finally, I was thinking about what you said regarding the separation of church and state, and how people are really misusing it when it comes to driving God out of schools. A point to consider is that no where in the Constitution, Declaration, or Bill of Rights, does the phrase "separation of church and state" appear. That phrase came from a personal correspondence between Thomas Jefferson and the pastor of a church in Danbury, Connecticut. It is found no where in our founding or official documents.

I appreciated your thought provoking and sensitive comments.

Shannon Henry from Texas on March 25, 2018:

I don't usually discuss politics, especially topics like abortion because many people tend to get ugly and rude about it. And I have a defensive side to me that can be kind of snarky. I also have a direct side to me that will say what I think directly and impulsively without a thought to how someone else might interpret my words until it's too late. At that point, it doesn't matter what my actual intentions or motives were.

I even wrote a hub about anger and change awhile back after one such exchange took place. I stated my opinion politely and all was well, but then it bothered me too much the way the author went about insulting those who disagreed in her article and I pointed that out, probably a little too defensively. The thing is, though, I wasn't personally offended. I mean, I agreed with most of what was said. I just disagreed with the mean spirited address of those who didn't agree 100 % with this person's stance. Even though we weren't really friends to begin with, we talked it out and all is well. But I still know myself well enough to avoid certain topics online and with most people elsewhere.

That said, thus far, I have never seen you be disrespectful in your writing or in the comments so I'll share a couple thoughts, perhaps in more of a broad sense. . .

I don't think it does *not* devalue life. To me, abortion is murder. And that's that. I do understand that there are instances where a pregnancy will kill a mother, but that's relatively rare in the grand scheme of things. A tubal pregnancy, for instance, would kill both mother and baby if left alone. But in cases of emergency later in the pregnancy, most doctors will try to save both the mother and the baby. Care for premature babies has had so many advances. With so many people wanting to adopt, I see no excuse for abortion or murder of a baby.

That's just me. If it all is supposed to defend a woman's right to decide what to do with her body, I say think about that before having sex. Even birth control isn't always effective. In fact, think about it long before the decision to have sex is made. What happens if you give in to a night of passion and.... Oops.... Are you ready to take on that responsibility? To me, it's a decision that should be handled like being prepared to say no to drugs or alcohol or any other kind of thing that can potentially change a life. Sex is always a major life decision.

As for guns, after I moved to Texas I grew very accustomed to them being around. They do not scare me. People capable of committing such heinous acts scare the hell out of me. Because you rarely see them coming. It's not usually the kid who creeps you out for acting weird. It's the quiet ones who seems very normal but shy. Or maybe there are some signs and warnings, but these people don't obey laws anyway. They get their hands on weapons via illegal means much of the time.

I'm all for fun control, though, and even some better follow through on already existing control methods. But I am not scared of the guns themselves. I feel that people who are disturbed enough to murder on this scale will find a way to act out their violent fantasies some other way. It's not the same thing as a youthful thought or wish for harm to others who harm them. This is something far beyond bullying and abuse. That's my opinion, anyway.

So to answer the question, I think in the south, if it were legal for minors to have guns they probably would stay put. And there are already schools not so far from me with teachers who have guns. They had that in place years ago before it was widely suggested. Or maybe that doesn't answer why they were removed to begin with. Probably safety reasons. Children stopped being taught how to properly respect a gun when they stopped being raised around them.

Lastly, my understanding of the fit people are throwing over the ten commandments and prayer in schools is the separation of church and state excuse. Public schools are funded and partially ran by the federal and state governments. What I never understood when I was in school is why it was okay to discuss other religions and even learn about them. I had a field trip to a mosque one time. I thought it was interesting, but knew there would never be any education about Christian culture in any sort of disguise.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on March 25, 2018:

So the March for Life, (no, that's not right, those people weren't out marching for the Right to Life), so the March for further gun restrictiction took place yesterday....and

I still have a couple of lingering unanswered questions:

How does Roe v Wade NOT devalue Life?

Why did prominently displayed rifles stay put(where placed) in Teachers and Students(16-18 years of age) trucks, for the entire school day, back when I was in school?

For what purpose was God (via Prayer, display of the Ten Commandments and display of the Golden Rule, etc.) booted from the schoolhouse building?

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on March 12, 2018:

*Our National Motto is IN GOD WE TRUST, lest we forget!

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on March 12, 2018:

....and the choir said Amen!

TSAD, I heard a story recently that many folks calling themselves Christians, don't think Christians should really have a voice. I guess that means stay silent, go with the flow, don't make waves, be invisible?

I've talked to many Christians that have been convinced by (the secular world) that our 1st Amendment limits God in the school house (our Founders wanted the Bible taught in school) in the workplace, in the Courthouse, etc. when in fact...that portion of the 1st Amendment exists to LIMIT our Gov from establishing a 'Church of England type scenario'.

We have turned into a bunch of cowards and pushovers... even our supposed Clergy!

Out National Motto is IN GOD WE TRUST, lest we forget!

The Logician from now on on March 11, 2018:

"How much longer will we resist living in a land, where God has been locked out, where Christians are mocked for their Faith, where backs are turned on our Heavenly Father?"

Here is an answer I found:

"Many of us believe we are living in the receding shadows of the end of the age. We see signs all about us. One of them is the persecution of Christians. I believe the Lord Jesus Christ is on the threshold of heaven, ready to return, to receive His own.

So many Christians are folding up when they ought to be standing up. Those who are settled in the faith need to teach our children to be settled in the faith so they can stand on the solid rock of the Lord Jesus Christ.

In the Beatitudes, Jesus makes an amazing statement:

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye when men shall revile you and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake. Rejoice and be exceeding glad…. Matthew 5:10-12a

Really, Lord? Blessed? We should rejoice? Yes, and He tells us why: “…for great is your reward in heaven; for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”

If you stand up for the Lord Jesus Christ, you’re going to be persecuted. “All who live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12). ALL and SHALL.

But there’s a way you can escape persecution. Don’t live godly. Just hobnob with the world and fail to take a stand or be distinctive, and you won’t suffer persecution.

However, persecution is the thermometer that registers your love and courage for the Lord Jesus Christ."

https://www.oneplace.com/ministries/love-worth-fin...

Shannon Henry from Texas on March 11, 2018:

It is so sad that Christianity is under attack. Seems like it is, according to fanatics, it should go in public but any other religious display is okay. I don't even consider myself to be religious, but I don't hide what I believe. I was a small group leader in college for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for one year. I haven't been a part of a prayer group ongoing Bible study since and I miss it. It's refreshing to see towns that openly allow things like Christmas celebration even with religious elements included.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on March 11, 2018:

Not a doubt in my mind that all of this liberal political correctness crap and those living life searching to find offense....in everything, never, ever seeing anything good about this Country. Those seeking to tear down and destroy the very foundation of America, have done so much harm that we may not ever be able to overcome it. So much damage has been done. :(

Shannon Henry from Texas on March 09, 2018:

I tried to watch the video you sent me here to see, but my phone or HP or both froze before it go shed the song. It is a nice song, though.

I am 35 and I know what you mean about taking God out of school. It's not as much of an issue in Texas, except in certain areas. But I grew up in Illinois and I remember the prayer at the pole. If I remember correctly, there was a big deal about a Bible study hosted after school on the high school campus.

But where I live...there's a Bible study for the elementary kids after school for part of the year. I mean, why not? No one forces anyone to attend and there are other cultural and religious studies that happen in and around schools.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on March 07, 2018:

Hi Leland -

This past weekend I was in an old Jeep CJ-7, the only thing between me and a very blue sky, was a roll bar. As we drove along the beautiful east coast of Florida, surrounded by God's handiwork, I was in heaven! I felt so close to God!

I agree, we don't need to be 'in church', but I sure do love me some good preaching and some good church music too!

God is Good!

Thanks again...I am glad you enjoyed.

Leland Johnson from Midland MI on March 07, 2018:

AB- another great article. You have a great knack for written expression. You know, Abraham Lincoln was a man of deep faith, but didn't attend church regularly, didn't make a lot of outward statements of his faith, but his bible was well worn and dog eared, and he let his life be his witness to his faith in God. It isn't the quiet life with God that troubles me. I do have a problem with televangelists and I think they give people of authentic faith a bad name. I think that sometimes when mockers mock they are categorizing all of us with the televangelist model. I came from that group growing up and it almost destroyed my faith in God. I'm thankful He was good enough to not give up on me and changed me from a mocker to a believer. Again, great article :)

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on February 26, 2018:

One week after writing this article, I am finally able to share it on my FB page.

Actually, I should say, I am finally able to share it AS IS, as I intended it to be shared.

With numerous attempts, it would present on FB, with a bogus picture and a bogus title.

I let friends know that there was an article that had nothing to do with 'How To Make Fennel Tea From Seeds, hidden behind this façade and (they'd have to go fishing, in order to find it)

As a result, of this 'error'...fennel tea has had a lot of exposure, but my article...not so much! :(

Weird!

Has anyone else ever had anything like this happen?

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on February 21, 2018:

So true Eric, there are too many broken homes and too many kids going through life with a crushed spirit. So sad!

Proverbs 18:14 - The human spirit can endure in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on February 20, 2018:

Thank you. I guess where I come from it is getting better not worse. Love the diversity, love the school, enjoy the attitude.

But I would agree on many levels about the child left behind. We feed them, we tutor them, and we incorporate them through mentoring. But some homes are just broken.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on February 20, 2018:

This article has triggered a great discussion on my FB page.

The following is a part of it:

"As this Country has worked to appease a very small number of people; our roots, our traditions and our very foundation, have paid the price.

Americans are so giving and so loving, we never want anyone to feel left out or isolated so we give in, we accommodate, we stay silent and so on....to the point where we find ourselves today, wondering what has happened to us!!"

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on February 19, 2018:

Hey now....I am speaking of the changes I have witnessed in the schoolhouse and in society in general, here in America, over my time here on earth.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on February 19, 2018:

Holy moly and make me holy -- you have witnessed all this? So it would be with my hat in hand with bended knee. That I am sorry for you witness.

Me, I don't do news except for headlines on CNN and FOX.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on February 19, 2018:

Thanks for commenting Eric.

This is how I see it.

I certainly do not have all of the answers to all of the horrible events of this millennium, I can only share what I've witnessed over many decades.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on February 19, 2018:

Full interesting