Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Silence Can Be Golden

On April 17th, many high school and college kids across the country will be taking part in the National Day of Silence. According to it's website:

"The National Day of Silence brings attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. Each year the event has grown, now with hundreds of thousands of students coming together to encourage schools and classmates to address the problem of anti-LGBT behavior."

At it's root, the reason for this quiet protest is quite honorable. No one should have to deal with being bullied, harassed or threatened, no matter their color, gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation. Unfortunately, in a classic knee-jerk reaction, some Christians are up-in-arms about the matter. According to an article on Crosswalk.com, "A coalition of conservative groups (including the American Family Association and Concerned Women for America) has responded by urging parents to keep kids away from school, either via unexcused absence or a walkout, on the Day of Silence..."

Why is this even necessary? Why the fear? I believe this is exactly the kind of behavior that the authors of "unChristian", a book I blogged about yesterday, are trying to have us do away with. Many non-Christians view us as being "sheltered" and having a "head in the sand" type mentality. And forcing your kids to skip a day because of all that pesky, noisy "silence" will do nothing but reinforce outsiders' negative views.

How should a Christian react then? I believe one organization's alternate plan is quite golden.

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