In my last blog post (Is Freedom Fading? 3 Ways to Honor Our Country), I promised to share a personal story with you. So here goes:
I gave my third-grade granddaughter a cute cloth bag embroidered with the words “Be still…”, a key chain with a cross, and a journal notebook with a Bible verse on the front cover. She loved it! And decided to take it with her to school.
The next morning she proudly showed it to the friend who walks to school with her. “Annika, you can’t take that to school,” said her friend. “It’s against the rules!” That made Annika sad, but she chose to dismiss it since her friend often embellishes her stories.
When she got to school another third-grader said, “You can’t have that at school, Annika.” Several more agreed. ”You just can’t do it!” piped up another friend. So Annika stuffed her prized possessions in the bottom of her back pack.
After school she told her mom (our daughter) what had happened. Mommy Lynnette said, “Oh, they are wrong, Annika. You CAN take that to school if you want to. The law and the constitution say you can.”
Several days later I was there when Annika came home from school with her “Be Still” bag, cross key chain and journal in her hand. She had carried it every day that week, because she knew the truth: In the United States we’re free to express our faith.
Mis-truth and intimidation have infiltrated the minds of even grade school children in our country. Annika’s friends are probably not anti-God, yet what they’ve heard and seen from the anti-Christian voice has had a negative trickle down effect. That’s the objective of those who purpose to take away the religious rights that our Founding Fathers built into our constitution. President Ronald Reagan said, “If we ever forget that we’re one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.” Let’s join together to never forget!
Your Turn: What have you done to remind the children in your life that freedom is still ours under the law of our land? I’d love to hear your stories.
Joan C. Webb
Writing, teaching, coaching to empower and set free.