One of the prominent arguments I hear frequently in Christian circles including from my own mouth is how the state of the nation and its culture took a definitive turn downward when prayer was removed from public schools. This certainly seems to be apparent and difficult to argue against. But is it the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help us God? First of all, prayer was removed from public schools and not all schools. There are many private schools that make the same definitive decision not to emphasize prayer to our Lord and Savior. Is that the governments fault? Shouldn’t we search our individual hearts for the wellspring of this blame game? I don’t want this thought of mine to be considered a shill for Big government because I’m anything but that. I do however think we as the family of believers would fare much better if we focused once again on the supreme commandment of our Savior.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, - Matthew 28:19-20
We are relieved when we see ethical leaders in government, business and the church are we not? Where do these ethical leaders come from? The family is the fuel that fortifies the public square and it is the Lord through the power of the Holy Spirit that fortifies the family. Psalm 78 is instructive in our role to disciple as Jesus stated in Matthew only here in Psalms it speaks of parental discipleship.
We will not hide them from their children, Telling to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, And His strength and His wonderful works that He has done. –Psalm 78:4
Revival begins in the homes of those who put their faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ and live it out into the community. The failing of the culture began with dry bones being scattered throughout Christian homes everywhere and the question we should ask is that which God asked Ezekiel.
The LORD asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, “LORD and King, you are the only one who knows.”
Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones. Tell them, ‘Dry bones, listen to the LORD’s message. The LORD and King speaks to you. He says, “I will put breath in you. Then you will come to life again... Then you will know that I am the LORD.”’”
So I prophesied just as the LORD commanded me to... But there was no breath in them. Then the Lord said to me, Prophesy to the breath... Then they can live.
So I prophesied just as he commanded me to. And the breath entered them. Then they came to life again. They stood up on their feet. They were like a huge army.
- Ezekiel 37:3-9
It is my prayer that we as the family of believers will heed the commandments of our savior Jesus Christ and begin to breathe life into the dry bones of our faith and disciple this generation of young people to understand who the Lord is and what He has done for us.