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Florida School District Bans Bible Distribution on Religious Freedom Day

From the Orlando Sentinel:

Maitland-based Liberty Counsel filed a lawsuit Thursday to overturn a ban on Bible distribution on public school campuses in Collier County. According to the Liberty Counsel, the Collier County School Board allowed World Changers to distribute free Bibles to students during off-school hours on Religious Freedom Day, but now the school officials claim that Bibles do not provide any educational benefit to the students and the distribution should stop.

The Collier County School District policy specifically allows the distribution of literature by nonprofit organizations, but only with the approval of the superintendent and the Community Request Committee, whose members are appointed by the superintendent. Approval was denied to World Changers, despite the fact that its distribution included a disclaimer of any school endorsement or sponsorship and that receiving a Bible was purely voluntary.

“Bibles do not provide any educational benefit to the students” … seriously?

Even those who don’t believe the Bible shares truth have to admit that it is a one-of-a-kind book that has shaped history in a profound way.

What other piece of literature was written over the course of 2,500 years in multiple languages spanning multiple continents? What other piece of literature can claim such a diversity of authors? From poets to paupers, prophets to philosophers, slaves to kings, the defeated to the victorious – the diversity of the Bible’s authors is astounding! What other piece of literature can make that claim?

What other piece of literature can claim to have been the first printed on a printing press (it’s actually what led to the invention of the printing press)? Think about it – the Bible was the first edition of any book – anywhere! And what other piece of literature can claim the title ‘bestseller of all time’?

What other piece of literature can claim to have been the first to be translated into another language (Hebrew to Greek)? The Bible has since been translated into over 2,500 others covering 90% of those known in the world – what other book comes close?

What other piece of literature has been attacked as the Bible? From the Romans to the Communists to Islamics to atheists – the Bible has been outlawed, burned, banned, and restricted, but it’s still around. What other book has endured such attacks?

I haven’t even mentioned the Bible’s impact on our modern-day legal system, classic literature and art, science, the educational system and academia, philosophy, and … the list goes on and on.

How could any serious academic living today teach there’s no educational value in studying this unique book? To write the Bible off with the argument that it “does not provide any educational benefit to the students” … that’s silly even if you’re not a believer.

Dear Collier County school officials who made this decision: please rethink your public statement, and do a little research on this topic.

Either 1) you simply don’t like what the Bible teaches and don’t want children under your care exposed to its ideas (which would also make your statement a dishonest one), or 2) you’re ignorant of the rich heritage and history surrounding the Christian scriptures.

Either way this was a bad decision.

For more fun facts on the Bible, I recommend picking up this book.
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Tozer on The Burden of Pride

      The burden borne by mankind is heavy and a crushing thing. The word Jesus used means “a load carried or toil borne to the point of exhaustion.” Rest is simply release from that burden. It is not something we do; is is what comes to us when we cease to do. His own meekness, that is the rest.

      Let us examine our burden. It is altogether an interior one. It attacks the heart and the mind and reaches the body only from within. First, there is the burden of pride. The labor of self-love is a heavy one indeed. Think for yourself whether much of your sorrow has not arisen from someone speaking slightingly of you. As long as you set yourself up as a little god to which you must be loyal there will be those who will delight to offer affront to your idol. How then can you hope to have inward peace? The heart’s fierce effort to protect itself from every slight, to shield its touchy honor from the bad opinion of friend and enemy, will never let the mind have rest. Continue this fight through the years and the burden will become intolerable. Yet the sons of earth are carrying this burden continually, challenging every word spoken against them, cringing under every criticism, smarting under each fancied slight, tossing sleepless if another is preferred before them.

      Such a burden as this is not necessary to bear. Jesus calls us to His rest, and meekness is His method. The meek man cares not at all who is greater than he, for he has long ago decided that the esteem of the world is not worth the effort. He develops toward himself a kindly sense of humor and learns to say, “Oh, so you have been overlooked? They have placed someone else before you? They have whispered that you are pretty small stuff after all? And now you feel hurt because the world is saying about you the very things you have been saying about yourself? Only yesterday you were telling God that you were nothing, a mere worm of dust. Where is your consistency? Come on, humble yourself and cease to care what men think.”

      The meek man is not a human mouse afflicted with a sense of his own inferiority. Rather, he may be in his moral life as bold as a lion and as strong as Samson; but he has stopped being fooled about himself. He has accepted God’s estimate of his own life. He knows he is as weak and helpless as God declared him to be, but paradoxically, he knows at the same time that he is, in the sight of God, more important than angels. In himself, nothing; in God, everything. That is his motto. He knows well that the world will never see him as God sees him and he has stopped caring. He rests perfectly content to allow God to place His own values. He will be patient to wait for the day when everything will get its own price tag and real worth will come into its own. Then the righteous shall shine forth in the kingdom of their Father. He is willing to wait for that day.

A.W. Tozer
The Pursuit of God: The Human Thirst for the Divine, pgs. 105-107

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