Enjoying a cup of coffee, sinking into my morning routine, Trump trumped the news once again. I tuned out the hilarity clearing dirty dishes and syrup puddled on the kitchen table.
My ears perked to the words – “Controversy over the removal of a portrait of Jesus Christ from a middle school in Kansas….” Interest peaked; I surrendered the kitchen table to its usual sticky state and took my perch on the ottoman. Years ago I believed vigorously in the definite, clear, concise separation of Church and State. Today I send my children to a faith based Christian school.
Today, as I sat “tsking,” pursing my lips because of the loss of love, compassion, acceptance and justice from the school system, I noticed a funny thing happen.
Intro to the controversial issue complete, the camera flashed to a middle schooler. The boy, maybe seventh grade, wore the portrait of Jesus Christ around his neck. Removing the painting from the wall of the school He jumped right to the hearts of the children! Literally! A miracle!
Sliding back, committing to a seat, I listened as the reporter crowned the Freedom From Religion Foundation for their swift action in this case.
Thank you Freedom From Religion Foundation for bringing this to the table and Jesus to the hearts of our children. These children will learn the importance of spreading the Gospel, about being missionaries, about standing up unashamed of the Gospel so close to home supported and surrounded by loving families, a community rallying with them.
I highly doubt the picture will ever be returned to the walls of the school but the conversation began early this morning.
You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people. Genesis 50:20 NLT
The painting removed was a replica of the famous “Head of Christ” painted in 1941 by Warner Sallman. This particular painting has been reproduced over 500 million times. He once said of his work, “I give God the glory for whatever has been accomplished by my efforts to bring joy and happiness to people throughout the world.” www.warnersallman.com
Here is a link to the news story for a look – http://www.today.com/news/removal-jesus-painting-middle-school-riles-kansas-community-t40751