It is always a special moment when high school students publicly stand up for their faith. I have had students tell me about the harassment they receive from their peers and teachers when they reveal what they believe about Jesus or the Bible. In the public schools it seems like there are efforts to limit any expression of faith whatsoever for fear that someone might be offended. But the truth is that in this day and age of tolerance, no one should ever be offended. That is not what tolerance is all about.
A valedictorian at a high school in South Carolina made a statement when he ripped up his approved speech and said the Lord’s prayer instead. The reaction was amazing as people cheered as he read it. Naturally there are groups upset with this, but I don’t understand why. If he would have recited something from Buddah, Oprah Winfrey, Deepak Chopra, or some other new age figure, they would have been excited about his literary knowledge. But, sharing something Jesus said, well, that is too divisive I guess.
Listen to it and decide for yourself. As for me, I am proud of this young man for not being afraid to stand up for what he believes in because it represents more than just something he does; it is his identity.
What do you think? Is this out of line? Why?