Thousands of public school students will be bringing their personal copy of the Scriptures to school this Thursday, October 5th, as part of the annual Bring Your Bible to School event.
The event is sponsored each year by Focus on the Family to promote discussion of the Good News on school campuses. Students are encouraged to celebrate their religious freedom by sharing God's love with their friends.
"Over the years we've heard from many kids and teens who want to engage in conversations with their fellow students from a religious point of view," says Jim Daly, President of Focus on the Family. "The good news is that they can."
"The Constitution recognizes students' rights to share their faith at school in a way that doesn't disturb instruction time. 'Bring Your Bible to School Day' gives Christian students a chance to share a bit about their faith, which is an important part of who they are."
Focus on the Family launched the nationwide event in 2014, and it is estimated that more than 350,000 students participated last year from all 50 states.
"Christian students can be a powerful voice of hope at their schools," says Candi Cushman, education analyst for Focus on the Family.
"The Bible itself exhorts youth not to 'let anyone look down on them because they are young, but to set an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.'"
"In the Bible, it's often young people who led the way for the rest of their culture by providing an example of spiritual boldness," Cushman adds. "We see this in the books of Daniel and Esther, where a young man and woman had the courage to share God's truth and love with an unbelieving culture."
Federal courts have long ruled that students may share their personal and religious beliefs with fellow students so long as they occur outside of classroom or instruction time in accordance with school policies.
You can learn more about Bring Your Bible to School Day and find helpful resources by using this link:
You can watch a YouTube video from last year that captures the spirit of the event by clicking this link: