It’s been four years since Focus on the Family launched the student-led “Bring Your Bible to School Day,” which has a combined participation of half-a-million students.
You’d think with all the news coverage the event has received, and with all the students who have led events at their schools, that parents, teachers and administrators around the nation would be better attuned to students’ First Amendment rights.
Sadly, that’s still not the case.
For example, just last month it was reported that an Indiana first-grade teacher instructed students to not talk about God or Jesus.
That type of hypersensitivity to anything faith-related is why it’s still vitally important that students participate and lead “Bring Your Bible to School Day” efforts in their own public schools.
Every time students exercise their First Amendment rights by boldly walking into school with their Bible, or brings up his or her faith-based perspective during a class discussion, they’re helping secure those rights for future students and are part of something larger than themselves.
The beauty of “Bring Your Bible to School Day” is that it goes beyond the important concerns we have about freedom of religion and expression. And that’s because the heart of “Bring Your Bible to School Day” is evangelistic in nature. It’s an event rooted in love.
The big idea behind “Bring Your Bible to School Day” is to help kids feel empowered to share what’s most important to them, and what makes them who they are – their faith.
I hope you’ll join me in spreading the word about #BringYourBible happening on Thursday, Oct. 5 – and that you’ll support these young men and women with your prayers and encouragement. Here at Focus, we’re praying that God will give them a holy boldness and a heart of love for their fellow students.
Please share information about “Bring Your Bible to School Day” with the children and teens in your life, with the families you know, and with your church by encouraging them to visit the official website, www.bringyourbible.org.
Additionally, students who sign up for this year’s event are automatically entered for a free chance to win a trip for four to see the award-winning Christian band Newsboys in concert and to meet them in person. Students can sign up at www.focusonthefamily.com/bringyourbible.
And finally – remember that at the top of the post I mentioned that a combined half-a-million students had participated in “Bring Your Bible to School Day” over the past three years? Well, during this, the fourth year of the event, we’re hoping for another 500,000 students to lead and participate on Oct. 5! Please pray with us that God would continue to exponentially grow this beautiful movement.
And for all the students who will participate in #BringYourBible, the Newsboys are giving you a shout out:
If your family has participated in “Bring Your Bible to School Day,” please tell me about your experience in the comments section below. And if you’re planning on participating, I hope you’ll let me know, too.