“Deny God Or Fail”


Several years ago, Jordan Wooley, a seventh-grader in Texas, was put to the test in class. Her teacher gave the class an assignment where they were forced to label God as a “fact, common assertion, or opinion.” However, when students began getting upset and discussions took place, the teacher made it clear that unless they said God was a myth, they would get the assignment wrong. Even though several students tried to speak up and argue for God, the teacher wouldn’t budge and the assignment later brought a student to tears. Jordan Wooley went home, talked with her parents, and had enough courage to take it to the principal and the school district.

While it’s on the rare side for teachers to take such a staunch approach against God inside school walls, resistance against God is not uncommon. Perhaps what was most rare about the situation was Jordan Wooley’s willingness to stand up for her beliefs. Even though she was standing toe-to-toe with an adult teacher, which is hardly a fair fight, she stood her ground. She was even willing to take the situation up the school ladder (EAG News).

In Matthew 10:32-33, Jesus said, “Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.” In context, Jesus is speaking specifically to His disciples, but the overall idea still applies to us today (2 Timothy 2:2). We must be people who stand up for the Lord, being ready to give a defense of the hope within us (1 Peter 3:15).

It may not be fun. It may not be popular. It may not be easy. Let’s still be people who defend the faith and stand up for the Lord (2 Timothy 1:13; 3:14).

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