I came across this story (and here) a few weeks ago, but thought it was still very relevant. Jordan Wooley, a seventh-grader in Texas, was given an assignment where the students were to identify what statements were facts and what statements were myths. One of the statements was that God exists. The “correct” answer, according to the teacher, was that the existence of God is a myth. However, Jordan believes in the God of the Bible so she answered the question that the existence of God is fact. She’s now having to defend her position on the existence of God, not only to her teacher who marked her answer wrong, but before the school board.
Now, I am all for a “religious studies” class that instructs the students on different world religions and what they believe. In fact, I believe that to be a very important thing for people to really understand the doctrine of different religions. But this was an English class! This wasn’t an open discussion on understanding what a Muslim, a Jew, a Christian, or an atheist believe for their religion. This was simply the teacher dictating her religion of atheism to her students--and failing them for disagreeing. The irony is that this teacher’s atheism offends more than just the Christian student, even though it was only the Christian student who dared to stand up for her belief. Declaring that God’s existence is a myth should offend the Muslim, the Jew, the Hindu, the Mormon, and the Jehovah’s Witness. Would the school board have reacted differently if the teacher had failed one of those students over this question?
I am saddened to see this young lady put in this position, pitted against her teacher and school board over what she believes. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon in an increasingly secular world and secular mindset. We can’t be disappointed in this girl standing up for her faith in God. What we can be disappointed in is that no one had armed this young lady with real arguments for her to have confidence that God exists. The only defense she was able to give was that the “Bible says so” and that people have died and come back. There are so many solid reasons that she could present to her teacher, the school board, and her classmates to give them the confidence that there truly is an Almighty God that created and designed us! Unfortunately, no one had taught her these things, and no one else was there to stand beside her in this either.
There are many lessons to learn from this incident. Learn from this seventh-grader who, without a theological degree, dared to stand up for what she knew to be truth in the face of great criticism, from her teacher, the board, and fellow classmates - the friends she said she has lost now. Learn that the battles for the minds and hearts of our children are being waged well before adulthood and college. We cannot continue to put off addressing these questions until they are “older.” Jordan was being taught by her teacher that God is a myth—and she is only in seventh grade. It is never too early to begin teaching our youth the reason for their belief. Learn from the question that was asked, and decide if you and your children are prepared. Are your children able to answer those questions in front of the world of academia? Is your faith built on a solid foundation to withstand the criticisms from the media or from a college professor or from a distinguished colleague?
Brothers and sisters in Christ, the fight has been brought to us in the world of intellectualism and we must prepare ourselves to battle there. We don’t have a choice about what kind of battle this will be – the world has chosen that. We now have to choose whether we will appropriately arm ourselves for the fight. Are you learning how to defend your faith in this fight? #DefendtheFaith