*Pastor’s Note: I have had this in my email archives for a while now as you can attest by the date of the article. However, here we are almost twenty-one years later and look at the state of our Nation. I’ve wanted to use this for some time and now seems perfect. We’ve had some ups and downs since this was presented to the public, but it seems we are finally in a spiraling free fall! We truly need to be fervently and sincerely praying for these “United States” or it truly will be too late. God Save the U.S.A.
A solemn reminder of the need for the Gospel in the USA in the 21st.Century.
This is a statement that was read over the PA system at the football game at Roane County High School, Kingston, Tennessee, by school Principal Jody McLoud, on September 1, 2000. It’s worth sharing with the world. It clearly shows just how far this country has gone in the wrong direction.
Here it is:
It has always been the custom at Roane County High School football games to say a prayer and play the National Anthem to honor God and Country. Due to a recent ruling by the Supreme Court, I am told that saying a prayer is a violation of Federal Case Law.
As I understand the law at this time, I can use this public facility to approve of sexual perversion and call it an alternate lifestyle, and if someone is offended, that’s OK. I can use it to condone sexual promiscuity by dispensing condoms and calling it safe sex. If someone is offended, that’s OK. I can even use this public facility to present the merits of killing an unborn baby as a viable means of birth control. If someone is offended, no problem. I can designate a school day as earth day and involve students in activities to religiously worship and praise the goddess, mother earth, and call it ecology. I can use literature, videos and presentations in the classroom that depict people with strong, traditional Christian convictions as simple minded and ignorant and call it enlightenment.
However, if anyone uses this facility to honor God and ask Him to bless this event with safety and good sportsmanship, Federal Case Law is violated. This appears to be inconsistent at best, and at worst, diabolical. Apparently, we are to be tolerant of everything and anyone except God and His Commandments.
Nevertheless, as a school principal, I frequently ask staff and students to abide by rules which they do not necessarily agree. For me to do otherwise would be inconsistent at best, and at worst, hypocritical. I suffer from that affliction enough emotionally. I certainly do not need to add an intentional transgression. For this reason, I shall, Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s, and refrain from praying at this time.
However, if you feel inspired to honor, praise and thank God, and ask Him in the name of Jesus to bless this event, please feel free to do so. As far as I know, that’s not against the law – yet.
AND…one by one, the people in the stands bowed their heads, held hands with one another, and began to pray. They prayed in the stands. They prayed in the team huddles. They prayed at the concession stand. And they prayed in the announcer’s box. The only place they didn’t pray was in the Supreme Court of the United States of America – the seat of justice in the one nation under God.
Somehow, Kingston, Tennessee, remembered what so many have forgotten…we are given the Freedom OF Religion, not the Freedom FROM Religion. Praise God that His remnant remains! Let’s Celebrate Jesus in 2001. (Every Year! Posted 2021).
Jesus said, if you are ashamed of me, I will be ashamed of you before my Father. Let’s not be ashamed! God bless everyone who still holds true to these TRUTHS!