These are very interesting time that we are in, that we are facing. As the Church it is important that we take the time to talk about the issues and events that are happening in our generation. Coaches are being threatened because of praying on school grounds; students are being punished for wearing t-shirts with patriotic emblems. This is just the surface. How do we, as the Church, respond in these moments? The classrooms within America have a tremendous impact on our culture. It is a beautiful moment to be able to sit down with those who work in this area. This is exactly what took place in a discussion with Escambia County School District Superintendent, Malcolm Thomas.
As a follower of Jesus Christ, Thomas brings an insightful perspective to what is taking place within these very classrooms. On any one given day, he oversees the operations of more than 7,000 employees and over 42,000 students. According to Thomas, ‘this is the best job you can ever have; you can touch the future; what you do changes their lives and future’.
When a Georgia High School assistant football coach, Joe Kennedy, continued to pray after each of his football games on the 50 yard line, a myriad of responses, from support to criticism came his way. Responding to what has taken place, Thomas expresses from his position that he is not to promote any religion, but that does not remove his ability to pray. Thomas reminds us that those who can pray are the students and the parents. Thomas continues by sharing, ‘they(students) will do so only if the Church has taught that’. John 22:6 says, “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” Continue Reading…