Ok, I’m sick of playing nice here. Sick of wearing a painted smile and offering a nod of acceptance no matter what’s going on around me.
I noticed a sign outside the local elementary school this morning. It isn’t the one my children attend, but it is close by. Each week they have a ‘character trait’ they discuss with this kids.
Maybe I’m getting old and moody but here lately, some of these things are starting to get to me. This week’s word is “Tolerance”. For some reason that really rubs me the wrong way. Do I teach my kids tolerance? Absolutely NOT! Now, before I get a bunch of hate mail, read on. Then you can email me if you’d like.
As a Christian family, I believe tolerance is unacceptable. We have become tolerant of way too many things already. We’ve become tolerant of everyone’s feelings, opinions and beliefs that we now have no prayer in school and will soon have “In God we trust” removed from our money. We don’t want to ruffle any feathers or hurt anyone’s feelings so we allow anything to take place right in front of our eyes and we don’t dare stand up or speak out.
Because of our tolerance, babies die everyday, cartoons and kid shows freely display h0mosexual relationships to my children and some schools are handing out birth control without parent’s permission.
We’re suppose to smile and offer a silent prayer when the role models our children look up to are busted for illegal drugs. We are suppose to be ‘nice’ and tolerable. I’m sick of playing nice.
What happens when a Christian stands up to voice their thoughts and opinions. Tolerance is quickly tossed out the window. We are to be tolerant of everything but we are being persecuted for not g0ing with the status-quo.
My oldest son wears nothing but shirts with bible verses on them EVERY day to school. One day he wore one that said, ” I broke a rule, I prayed in school.” Now, let me remind you, we live in the bible belt. His teacher demanded he turn the shirt inside out. “That’s intolerable'” she said. Certainly you all know me well enough by now to predict what MY CHILD did next.
Being the strong Christian Wampler child he is, he stood toe to toe and said, “It’s called freedom of religion and freedom of speech. I dare you to mess with my constitutional rights. Dealing with my mom won’t be any better.” She got quiet and he quickly pointed to the child next t0 him wearing a shirt with a Swastika and said, “if that’s acceptable, don’t bother with me.”
The principal was a bit disturbed that my son didn’t do as he was told. I know, I’m a bad mom. I don’t teach my children to do as any adult tells them to. They have their own brains and are very clear about right and wrong. One rule in our house is… there comes a time when you have to stand up and fight. Adults aren’t always right. And whatever it costs you, go with your convictions and beliefs first and foremost.
When the school wants to cram evolution down their throats and demand they write a paper on why evolution is the reason for 0ur existance, my kids never fail to voice their thoughts and write a paper about creation. No doubt they take a failing grade, but we frame it and put it right next to the rest of the many awards they receive.
Don’t get me wrong. Another rule in our house is…you never have a right to be mean to any0ne regardless of their beliefs. But we aren’t to accept just anything because we are told to. We also aren’t meant to sit by quietly and pretend we don’t have a voice.
As I drove past the sign this morning, I wondered what they could possibly be trying to convince us is acceptable now?