[*This post was inspired by listening to two teachers talking about their so-called superior who literally told them to watch-out for kids showing overt signs of Christianity during this holiday season: as if Christianity was not the reason for the season in the first place.]
But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. — Luke 18:16
Do you recall the news story about the special-needs 8-year-old boy from Taunton, Massachusetts who was sent home after drawing a stick figure of Jesus crucified on the cross?
When the story broke all of the facts had not been made available from both sides, and what had come to light naturally showed contradictions between the two parties: the family and the school administration.
One thing was certain, the boy was sent home, though the school representative claimed he was not suspended. This appeared to be an official statement playing on semantics. Perhaps there was no “official” suspension, but the child was sent home and not allowed to return until a psychological evaluation had been done. And the boy was out nearly a week prior to being cleared to return after passing the evaluation.
Another contradiction surrounded the actual drawing that was released to the press. The boy’s father claimed it was the picture his son drew for a class assignment regarding the upcoming holiday.
The school’s representative, however, had apparently made two claims (as reported in the media) regarding the submitted drawing. First, they claimed the drawing is not the same drawing handed in to the teacher; and secondly, they claimed it had not been verified whether it is the actual drawing or not (thereby contradicting themselves).
Likewise, the school’s representative claimed there was no class assignment regarding the upcoming holiday. This, as you can imagine, is hard to believe, since every elementary school in America shows interest in most main holidays throughout the school year. And if there was no assignment, as the school representative then claimed, why would the child have turned the drawing into the teacher as stipulated? And why, per the representative’s own admission, would there be any need to verify if the circulating drawing was the original submitted to the teacher?
Even the mayor, Charles Crowley, wanted Julie Hackett, the School Superintendent, to apologize to the family. Crowley also ordered the school to pay for the psychological evaluation the child was forced to undergo.
Now let’s put this in perspective. Several college-educated adults, beginning with the teacher, take a look at a stick figure drawing by a special-needs 8-year-old, and deem it “appropriate” to oust the youngster from school, and demand the parents submit the child to a psychological examination. Decisions that were made merely because the stick figure drawing represented Jesus on the cross, and had X’s for eyes.
The boy’s drawing did not have any weapons or blood drawn on it, just X’s for eyes. That was the alleged basis for considering the young boy to be a “violent risk” in need of psychological evaluation in the collective opinions of these so-called educated adults in positions of leadership within our school system.
Sadly, the only thing this incident truly shows is the extent of the humanistic anti-Christian philosophy that permeates the American education system. A belief that has unfortunately spread like an infectious virus throughout this once godly nation: A fact clearly seen within the political, judicial, and financial arenas, along with the mainstream arts and media.
However, these actions are nothing new; they are merely repackaged attempts to persecute Christians. Since the beginning of Christianity, two-thousand years ago, there have been continuous hate-filled attempts to stamp it out. These persecutions were expected and foretold in God’s word. Even Jesus warned of the coming persecution:
And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endures to the end shall be saved. — Matthew 10:22
Prophetic words that have, and still are, coming to pass: a topic that will be touched on more in coming posts.
With regard to the above incident, allow me to leave you with more of Christ’s words to ponder:
Whosoever shall receive this child in my name receives me: and whosoever shall receive me receives him that sent me: for he that is least among you all, the same shall be great. — Luke 9:48