Summary: God is in Charge, even if the culture doesn't admit it.
Who's in Charge?
Jason Niemeyer was allowed to join 190 classmates on the football field at Oroville High School June 10, but the school barred him from speaking, the Scripps McClatchy news service said. The speech wasn't "at all up-front and in-your-face religious," he said. One version refers to "a friend who has personally helped me to achieve my goals, and I give Him the praise and glory for that." Niemeyer achieved a grade-point average above 4.0. (Fresh Illustrations http://www.freshministry.org/illustrations.html)
Though he earned the right to address his peers at his commencement, Jason could not, because he wanted to give God the praise and glory for helping Him achieve his goals.
What is this nation coming to?–pause
Many Christians are frustrated. The Christian Parents Information Network articulated the frustration on their web site when they wrote, "Not only have God, prayer, and the Bible been kicked out of school by a nine man oligarchy, but now, even the evidence of God shown through Creation science is no longer allowed to be shown." (Fresh Illustrations http://www.freshministry.org/illustrations.html)
The "nine man oligarchy" they refer to is, of course, the Supreme Court. In February 1963, the Supreme Court heard arguments on Abington Township School District v. Schempp. Four months later they ruled in favor of Schempp. The case has come to be known as the one that "Kicked God out of the schools." (Fresh Illustrations http://www.freshministry.org/illustrations.html)
In his poem, "Kicked Out of School"© 1999 Dr. Gene Howard draws a parallel between "kicking God out of School" and many of society's problems. This is the last stanza of the poem: "Remember when we had prayer, and God's commandments were read,/ and chewing gum and being tardy was the worst problem that we had./ Now murder, drugs, assault, teen pregnancy, and survival of the fittest rule, /but guns and knives were never a problem, till we kicked God out of school." (http://www.genehoward.com/poem-kos.htm)
Perhaps you've seen the bumper sticker that asks the question, "How can God Bless America when we kicked HIM out of our Schools?" (http://www.christianbumpersticker.org/)
Though I believe the courts have erred in their interpretation of the establishment clause of the first amendment, the phrase "Kicked God out of School" used by atheists and Christians alike offends me. It makes me ask the question "Who's in Charge here?"
Can the Supreme Court tell God where He can and cannot go?–pause
Can the ACLU restrain God in His activity?--pause
Do you, for a moment believe that God's Sovereignty is surrendered because an atheist throws a fit or a court makes a ruling?--pause
Who's in Charge? God is! He is Sovereign!
Paul wrote, 1 Tim. 1:17 NASB "Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen." According to Paul, God is Sovereign–the "King eternal."