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|50 Years Later, It’s Time to Accept School Prayer Ruling, Bible Scholar Says|
|News Releases - Education & Schools|
|Written by Ginny Grimsley|
|Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:07|
Religious Training is the Job of Churches, Families
This summer marks 50 years since the Supreme Court ruling that effectively banned official prayers in public schools.
Ever since, wave after wave of proposed bills and amendments have sought to undo that ruling – or at least circumvent it.
And now, a former minister says prayer as government-sanctioned religious training never had a place in public school classrooms anyway.
Students are free to pray, individually, to their heart’s content, says former minister and NASA engineer Charlie Webster, author of Revitalizing Christianity (www.NewCenturyMinistries.com)
“If we as Christians are looking to the government to instill biblical values in our youngest citizens, then we’re in bad shape,” says Webster “Any time the church wants the state to teach morality and biblical matters, we’re definitely on the wrong path.”
After working as an executive for the space shuttle program, Webster earned a master’s degree in New Testament studies and taught that subject at the college level. He offers a list of reasons why official school prayer could never be a good source of religious training, including:
“The truth is that it was not what happened in schools that affected the moral fiber of this country; it was what happened in homes and churches,” Webster says. “Today, comparatively few Christian homes devote a significant amount of time to religious training, and more and more the same is true of churches.”
Nowadays, many churches have resorted to gimmicks in an effort to draw in more followers, he says. These attempts do more to distract from the Christian message than promote it, Webster says, and government-based policies have much the same effect.
“Instead of trying to find a political solution, we need to do our own jobs,” he says. “If all Christians did that, any political decision would be of no significance at all. The world is starving for what we as Christians are supposed to have, but we’ve left it behind.”
About Charlie Webster
A former minister with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biblical studies, Charlie Webster has taught the New Testament at the college level and has served as a minister. He is currently an engineer for NASA.
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