The Push Out The Pusher campaign in Bucks County, PA is in full swing.
The county has pulled out all the stops to bust these bandits who are solely to blame for the epidemic that’s been taking away our youth. Our youth are victims, just as JJ (Jimmy Walker) was on an episode of the 70s comedy show Good Times. When the parents were away, JJ was in charge. He got busted for having a wild party, but he was a victim. “Some people broke into our apartment and forced us to party with them!,” he exclaimed.
Seriously, the root of the heroine epidemic, like other social maladies, is that our culture pushed out God.
When I was in elementary school, with Fred Flintstone in the Yabba Dabba Doo school district, the teachers prayed with students and read the Bible to the class. We didn’t have school shootings and other such problems in the schools. Now students don’t read and write so much as they riot, especially in the colleges.
After decades of pushing God out of the schools, now students, youth leaders and others are bringing God back in.
A grass roots movement, See You At The Pole (SYATP) started in 1990 with ten students praying at their school. Now millions of students worldwide meet at the pole before school to pray.
The youth leader at my church first took her students to the pole at a public school five years ago. On Wednesday, September 27th she met these students and others at the pole for the annual event, which globally is held the fourth week in September.
During the day, the youth leader said on her Facebook page, the students who prayed at the pole confidently answer people who ask “what were you doing outside by the flag pole?”
Students who go to SYATP end up going to church and youth groups. Lives have been changed, people have grown in their relationship with Christ, and teachers, principals and school staff like what SYATP is doing at their school, the youth leader wrote.
Since the 60s, we have been in a culture war. Bringing God back into the schools is a salvo fired in that war. Unlike some movements, this side in the war is not violent but it is about peaceably changing hearts and minds by bringing people to Jesus.
The roots of the attack on our heritage, our Christian traditions go back to the French Revolution. The erosion of our culture started creeping in, progressing during the 20th century, but after a respite after WWII, the Storming of the Bastille occurred during the late 60s. https://wigtunes.wordpress.com/tag/francis-schaeffer/
By the 70s, as a result of the influence of the counter culture, we started losing our civil liberties. Political correctness and other oppressive regimes crept into our culture. Evangelist Francis Schaeffer wrote in the 70s that, as freedom degenerated into licentiousness, to keep order, either we will have a police state to control people from the outside, or we will establish a Reformed Christian consensus where people will control themselves from the inside.
See You At The Pole is a step in this direction. We shall overcome!
“if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”