Original post at http://loveradically.com/2012/12/17/god-cannot-be-removed/
Rachel Held Evans wrote an excellent post this morning that inspired this post. Her thinking is very similar to my thinking and so our conclusions may be similar, but I wanted to express my own thoughts on this subject.
One of first questions asked after the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut is the same questions asked after almost every tragedy, “where was God?” One of the answers to that question that has circulated around the Internet is summed up in the picture to the left. God wasn’t at Sandy Hook Elementary School because God is no longer allowed in schools because organized prayer is not allowed in school. Former Arkansas Governor and current Fox News contributor Mike Huckabee stated something similar on Friday during the endless news coverage and analysis. “We ask why there is violence in our schools, but we have systematically removed God from our schools,” Huckabee said on Fox News. “Should we be so surprised that schools would become a place of carnage?” This is not the first time Huckabee engages in this line of thinking, “We don’t have a crime problem, a gun problem or even a violence problem. What we have is a sin problem,” Huckabee said on Fox News. “And since we’ve ordered God out of our schools, and communities, the military and public conversations, you know we really shouldn’t act so surprised … when all hell breaks loose.” Mike Huckabee is stating that because we have taken God out of public life that God cannot protect us from mass killings that the ones in Newtown or Aurora. We have somehow blocked or removed God.
First, let me say this. No one has taken God out of anywhere. If you want to pray in school, you can, just close your eyes and fold your hands and pray away. No one will stop you. What is prohibited is organized prayer led by faculty, that’s all. You want to pray before a meal? Go ahead. You want to pray before a test? Knock yourself out. You just can force everyone else to join in or listen to your prayer. The prohibition of public prayer is school is not the problem. One of the problems we do have is that parent no longer pray with their kids. They don’t take them to church. They don’t teach them morality and ethics. They don’t teach them to be kind and loving. In other words, they fail as parents. Kids should learn math, science, reading, writing, history, etc in school, They should learn about God at church and at home. If kids are not learning about God at home or at church we cannot expect public schools to pick up the slack. It is our responsibility.
Second, how weak is the God that Mike Huckabee worships if that God can be removed by an act of human law? My God is stronger than that. My God is greater than that. Does the Supreme Court supersede God? Of course not. Rachel Held Evans said is well today, “If the incarnation tells us anything, it’s that God can’t be kept out.”Where was God on Friday? God was with those kids. God was with those teachers. God is with the parents now. God is with that community now. God is with us now regardless of a Supreme Court precedent. If all public worship was banned and Christians executed for their beliefs God would still be there. (Hey Mike, didn’t you take a church history class in seminary?) As Rachel Held Evans writes in her blog this morning, the Incarnation, God made flesh in the person of Jesus Christ, proves that God cannot be removed. A Roman cross could not remove God. A borrowed grave could not remove God. Death itself could not remove God. I wish Mike Huckabee would remember Romans 8:38-39 before making such statements.
So before you retweet or repost some nonsense about God being taken out of schools remember that God cannot be removed by any human action. Our own sin could not remove God. Jesus Christ, the Emmanuel “God with us”, the Incarnate one fully God and fully human, is proof.