Once people stop believing in their rights of religion, those rights are whole lot easier to take away.
What is the freedom of the religion? How do our religious freedoms affect our way of life? The story of Principal Wendell Quinn and his students in a small town America reflect what is at stake.
Wendell is at a crossroads in his profession of principal. With all the gang violence, drugs, students without parental guidance, Wendell must come up with alternative to engage his students to a higher excellence, to higher learning, and community within the walls of his high school. He puts out there a VOLUNTARY bible study. That means students are welcome after school to learn about the bible. They are not made to study the bible or made to feel isolated because they choose not to. Religion that is forced does not transform. Wendell cares about his students. He desires his students for excellence.
The bible study has given many of his students purpose. With the numbers on his side, lower crime rate within the school, higher grades, student participation, Wendell is confident that God has ordained these students for something bigger than himself.
One of his students Cami was hostile to the bible study. A mother who claimed Christianity that left her family for another man has left a bad taste. She goes to see how poorly the study will do only to find that she becomes changed. She sees God in a different way. However, on parent night when the bible study is shared among the parents, her father comes unglued and goes to court. Sighting that religion and state do not mix. This is where misconceptions of religion comes to light. Is it against the law to bring bible? Is it against the law to lead a voluntary bible study? What must be done?
Wendell’s fight for his freedom to worship is also a fight for our identity as a Christian. His trust on the word of God and how we love others. Cami and her father also learn the power of a true faith. A faith in not what we do but what God has done in his son Jesus Christ.
Several misgivings on this that salvation is not a get out of hell card but being in God’s presence. Our salvation should not be pragmatic but seeking to know God and his love for us.
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