America’s New Front Line Heroes
By Finn Laursen
When will schools reopen? Under what conditions will they reopen? States are responding differently across the nation. Some are postponing opening while others are opening only on-line. Still others are alternating face to face teaching—the variety of responses continues. Many schools are still trying to finalize details, leaving many educators and support staff in the dark thus fanning the flames of frustration and fear.
In the uncertainty of this battle against the health plague attacking the nation, a new brand of heroes is rising to meet the challenge: our Christian educators and support staff heading back to the school house.
A seismic storm has come against us and many are heading for cover as schools across the nation are planning to reopen. Many are overcome with fear and are being encouraged by some to stay at home and abandon the children of this nation who are in need of face to face interaction and the resumption of mainstream education.
However, not all are ready to be controlled by fear, but instead are reaching deep into their hearts, remembering the call they received from the Lord to serve in the public schools—to work as full-time missionaries in a mission field often hostile to biblical truth. Instead of retreating, they are responding to their original calls, realizing the impact they can have in a time like this.
Let’s be honest, these can be frightening times for all of us, but we must remember that we serve a Lord who will never forsake us.
Before Jesus left the earth to return to His Father in heaven He said, “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:26-27).
After we came to faith in Jesus, we were filled with the Holy Spirit that Jesus promised His followers. If we are willing to focus on Him, we can live in His peace even in the storm we find ourselves in. When we came to faith, we were not promised an ideal life situation, but we were promised that the creator of the universe would be with us forever.
The Lord has allowed a dark time to pave the road for His followers in the public schools to have a greater impact in the schooling culture than at any time in our nation’s history. As others complain and shrink in fear, His army can stand tall reflecting His peace. A small light that would shine dimly in the past environment now will be a beacon of hope in this darkness. When we are asked how we can be so calm and peaceful in this time, we can admit our source of hope is in Jesus.
May these reassuring words bathe our thoughts as we serve our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ:
A Psalm of David.
23 The Lord is my shepherd,
I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside quiet waters.
3 He restores my soul;
He guides me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You have anointed my head with oil;
My cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Finn Laursen is currently serving as an Educational Consultant for Christian Educators Association International. Prior to serving for 14 years as Executive Director of Christian Educators Association, Finn was a public school educator in Ohio for 32 years: teacher,
middle school and high school counselor, middle school and high school assistant principal, high school principal, and the last 11 years a public school superintendent.