We did a number of scripture readings throughout the service, passages that had to do with education. One passage we used was the first chapter of Daniel. I told the kids that their situation wasn’t really like that of Daniel and his friends, though it might feel at times that they were being dragged to school by force. But I told them that there were some similarities.
We live in exile. Even in the nicest places, there are people around who don’t believe in God. Or books that promote ideas that aren’t entirely godly. Or peers who are choosing to do the wrong things.
I think that we need to teach our kids to be ready to be like Daniel and his friends, to say, “No, I can’t do that.” Groups like the Jehovah’s Witnesses prepare their kids very well to say, “I can’t participate in that.” I think all Christians could do a better job at teaching their kids discernment. (And our grown-ups, too!)
As the school year begins, I pray for protection for our kids and for those who work in the educational system. I pray that they can always remember who they are and Whose they are. May they be salt and light in this world.