Opinion

Pastor’s Corner: School Days

It is hard to believe that school is starting this month and by the time some of you read this school may already be in session. I know our grandchildren have already started in Indiana!

Do you remember the little song about school? It goes like this:

School Days, School Days

Dear old golden rule days

Reading and ‘riting and ‘rithmatic

Taught to the tune of the hick’ry stick

You were my queen in calico

I was your bashful barefoot beau

And you wrote on my slate, “I love you, Joe”

When we were a couple o’ kids.

This song has been around for over 110 years. It was written by a couple of guys and it is about a mature couple who were looking back at their sentimental journey during their school days.

Now if you are like me it has been quite some time since I was in elementary school. In reality it was in the early to mid-60’s in which I was in elementary school. Much has changed since those early days of school.

Perhaps we need to change some of the words in this song to reflect our culture today. Let’s give it a try:

School Days, School days

Oh, what are the rules these days

PowerPoints and Smartboards and Ebook Time

Daily updates of grades online

You were the girl whose jeans would drag

I was the boy whose trousers sagged

I’d text on my cell, replies would lag

When we were a couple of kids.

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I don’t know about you but that is typical of today and if you are like me…when I don’t understand something, I can usually ask my grandkids and they can help me through it!

I thought about my time in elementary school and remember the “good ol’ days” when we would say the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag, the principal would recite a prayer over the PA system, we had Bible classes and grace was given before we ate our lunches. We didn’t have to worry about someone bringing a gun into school because they were upset about something. We would try and work through the problems and begin to do better!

Please understand that there were plenty of problems in the school system when I attended elementary and high school. Just because I can think of better days doesn’t mean that every day was better…it was hard, and it was difficult. We were fighting the beginnings of the drug culture and the sexual culture. It was not very pretty but we continued to move forward, but as we moved forward, we left the one thing behind that we really needed and that was God.

Yes, I know, those were the days in which prayer was removed from the schools and other things were taken out. The question I have is where does it end? How much do we remove before we realize that what we have removed made America great?

I read this past week that some schools were placing Bible classes back in the curriculum and I applaud them for taking that step! Perhaps we need to become the America that is more dependent upon God instead of government! I don’t know but maybe we need to give it another try and see if life doesn’t get better relying upon God!

I hope that you and I as parents, grandparents and great-grandparents will uphold our schools, teachers, janitors, cafeteria workers, administrative assistants, administrative and school boards up in prayer as they try to do their best to raise up our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren right here in our own community!

I pray that God will give continue to show us His mercy and grace through this school year!