I am writing in comment on the article in the July 17 edition of the Roundup where a new law was blamed for jeopardizing the after-school programs at the middle school. It is nice to know such worthwhile and encouraging programs are available to our young people, however, a law that ensures the same opportunity for other programs as well, such as a Bible study group or Republican Club, can hardly be to blame for closing the school clubs down. Let's look at what a student might be learning from such clubs that would be so harmful?
First, let's consider a Bible Club: They might learn from:
Genesis: that they are precious and created individually with purpose and a future.
Job: They were crafted by God while yet in the womb.
John: God loves them and has a wonderful plan for their life.
I Corinthians: to love one another as God has loved them.
Romans: to overcome evil with good: to live peaceably with all men as much as possible.
Galatians: to forgive others: to cultivate love, joy, peace, patience, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance in their lives; and to put away envy, anger, strife, murder, backbiting, accusations, drunkenness, seditions, heresies and fornication.
Ephesians: Not to say things in bitterness and anger.
Hebrews and Ephesians: to obey parents and other authorities that are over them.
Philippians: to think about what is true, honest, just, pure, and lovely.
Colossians: to put off anger, malice, blasphemy, filthy talk, lying, to be merciful, kind, humble, meek, long suffering, and forgiving.
Proverbs: Not to be lazy, but diligent in all they do.
Thessalonians: Not to gossip or to backbite others, but to pray for them instead.
James: To listen to others, be careful to speak and slow to anger.
Now, as for a Republican Club, what would they be learning there? Perhaps they would learn about the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government. Maybe they will learn to quote the U.S. Constitution and other important documents. They may develop an interest in the news and follow the bills as they pass through congress, the house, the senate, and at state levels as well, and then write to the legislature and state representatives about issues that concern them. They might learn about the lives of the men who were signers of the Constitution, or realize that they gave us a Christian Republic.
What kind of kids could these students become? Maybe, like our forefathers, their lives will be ruled by their conscious. Maybe they will have a purpose and hope for their future. Maybe these students will become ministers, missionaries, lawyers, or even government leaders.
Isn't this what we want for our young people and our schools?