This pointed question was reportedly asked of then U.S. Secretary of State Cyrus Vance by my dear, late friend, Dr. Charles Malik, former President of the United Nations General Assembly. The Secretary responded that he did not. "I'll tell you what is wrong," said Dr. Malik. "You have taken Jesus Christ out of your universities."
The same is no doubt true of all of America's schools. Fisher Ames, the actual writer of the final version of the First Amendment, later wrote that the Bible must be kept as the number one textbook. He said that the Bible was the source of morality and behavior in America. Biblical principles permeated public life.
Benjamin Rush, another Founding Father, signer of the Declaration of Independence and who served in the administrations of three presidents (Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and John Adams), wrote that if the Bible is ever removed from the schools, we would suffer from an explosion of crime! Spoken two centuries ago, Rush was amazingly prophetic. In our day, God, the Bible and prayer have been replaced in our schools with handguns, drugs and condoms. The results have been disastrous.
Our country began a paradigm social shift in 1947 with the infamous U.S. Supreme Court ruling about "the separation of church and state." Since then the nation has been experiencing a frightening trend in social breakdown. We are engulfed in a tidal wave of immorality and violence. Surely, evil has been with us since the Garden of Eden. But evil's statistics in the United States were relatively flat until God, the Bible and prayer were removed in the schools. The year 1962 was when the statistics began a sharp trend upward.
Why 1962? That was the year that the Supreme Court made another historic, infamous decision, violating two centuries of legal precedent and tradition, and delivered, with Engel v. Vitale, a decision that removed prayer from our schools.
The prayer that caused the great controversy was a simple, nonsectarian, 22-word prayer. Take a look at it and consider what this nation has lost since its words were declared illegal and banned: "Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence on thee and we beg thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers and our country."
America desperately needs an answer to that missing prayer.
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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