Today, as I was pondering what has been going on between the parents who want to protect their children from these awful  Common Core aligned end of year tests and our state superintendent, our governor and others (who are trying to help the parents of these children), I was reminded of the story of Daniel In The Lion’s Den.  Daniel was thrown into the lion’s den because he would not back down when a law was passed saying he couldn’t pray to his God anymore.  He knew what and who he believed in and he was not going to change his daily routine of praying no matter what the law was, regardless of the consequences.  His life belonged to God.  He didn’t decide to disobey the law because he knew the king would intervene and make things okay for him or that his friends would do something at the last minute that would save him.  He continued to pray because he knew in his heart it was the right thing to do regardless of what happened to him.

The thought that occurred to me was: Are you willing to send your child into the lion’s den not knowing if everything will be alright? We mothers, grandparents, concerned teachers, etc want a guarantee that if we opt our kids out of the tests, there won’t be any repercussions.  We don’t want our children intimidated, teased, humiliated or made uncomfortable in any way.  We believe the law is on our side, but we still want that assurance or further clarification from Governor Bentley, from Dr. Bice, anyone who can set our minds at ease that if we send our kids to school or keep them out, no harm or retaliation of any kind will happen.  So, we wait and hope that the governor or Dr. Bice or someone will get a memo out just in time before the testing starts.  Dr. Bice is probably not going to put that memo out until the very last minute.  I think he doesn’t want the word to get out that you can opt out legally or that he misrepresented the law.

We are living in very precarious times.  For years and years I have heard people say, “the day is going to come when our rights will be taken away; our freedom of speech, freedom of religion, right to privacy. etc.”  Friends, “that day” is here.  As citizens we have to decide which battles are the most important and we are going to have to stand up to these bullies who want to control every aspect of our lives, our children’s lives and this nation.

Parents, you know your child better than anyone else.  I ask you to pray and ask for God’s direction on whether or not this is His battle for you and your child to participate in.  If you are not absolutely sure this is a battle you want to fight, then don’t put your child out there.  If you think your child cannot mentally or emotionally handle the pressure of refusing to take the test, don’t do it, but if you know beyond any doubt this is something God wants you to take a stand on, then do it.  Prepare your child.  Coach and advise him on what to say, how to behave and what to possibly expect.  Pray and speak the Word of God over your child.  Pray God’s favor over your child. 

Daniel did not back down when he heard about the new law in the land.  He knew in his heart it was wrong and went against what God wanted him to do (which was pray for Israel everyday). Daniel did not know what was going to happen to him in the lion’s den, but he knew his God and trusted that he was not alone.  God was with him.

Remember: “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” -Romans 8:28

We have to ask ourselves, do we really believe that verse?  “Everything” that happens works together for our good, even the difficult things?  I could go on and on but I will stop now.  I am praying for each parent and child in this battle and praying that God will redeem and restore what the enemy has taken from your children.  God bless everyone of you as you seek God’s will!

Some verses to pray over your child from Ephesians 6:10-18

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

If you have some verses that have encouraged you in this battle, please share them in the comments.