Bring Your Bible to School Day looks a bit different this year, especially given how many students remain at home for instruction amidst the on-going COVID-19 global pandemic.
In fact, New York City, the nation’s largest school district, completed its reopening of in-person learning just today. Schools in other major cities – Houston, Atlanta, Washington D.C. and San Diego – remain closed.
But in recognition that our faith has feet and isn’t limited by four walls, we’re encouraging students across the country to celebrate the day wherever they are, whether in a traditional classroom, a pod school – or even from the comfort of their own home.
We hope they’ll open their Bible, read from it, study it, live it and then share their faith with others.
“Nobody ever outgrows Scripture; the book widens and deepens with our years,” wrote Charles Spurgeon, the prince of preachers.
A.W. Tozer called it “the shortest route to spiritual perfection.” He encouraged believers to not just cherry pick passages, to not dip in and out like reading a famous book of quotes. “Nothing less than a whole Bible can make a whole Christian,” he said.
Many of us have lamented the misfortunes of 2020, from the pandemic to the race riots, deadly weather, forest fires and now the contentious election. Take a big deep breath. In reality, every year of recorded history has had its share of trials and tribulations.
Has it ever occurred to you that one of the reasons God allows mayhem and misfortune might very well be that in the mystery we would be inclined to reach out to Him for help?
If everything was under our control, if we were completely independent beings, why would we need a savior to make sense of it all?
My heart breaks for today’s young people, many of whom were already struggling even prior to school closures. But now many of those same kids are away from their peer groups, yearning for extracurricular activities like sports and band. Rather than zooming through the halls, they are glued to Zoom on laptops and smartphones.
I hope you’ll join me in praying for our nation’s school children today. Please ask the Lord to reveal Himself to them in the Scriptures – and comfort them in this season of frustration.
If you’re participating in this year’s Bring Your Bible to School Day, please let us know how, when and where.
As a former student who struggled on many levels, I’m so grateful for the reliability of God’s Word. It’s comforted me in my loneliness, buoyed me in my sadness, enlightened me in my ignorance and showed me the way to not only a better life today – but life eternal.
Let us never tire of lifting up the truth of the Bible, remembering Paul’s word to Timothy, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).