Today, let's see how school began every day before 1962. Every day before 1962 the school teachers across America pictured above began school by having the kids recite the pledge of allegiance and the following twenty two word blessed prayer that I encourage everyone to say. "Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon thee, and we beg thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers, and our country.
Then in 1962 the United States Supreme Court in the landmark case Engel v. Vitale pictured above ruled that it is unconstitutional for State officials to compose an official school prayer and encourage its recitation in public schools. Note that seventy years earlier in 1892, this same United States Supreme Court said that christian principles must remain the basis for America's laws and institutions. Also, the Engel decision was based on no precedents. Never before had the US Supreme Court decided a case without a precedent.
Friends, mark it down; Brother Bob says do not obey any law that tells you to deny our Lord Jesus Christ and the bible. Jesus said at Luke 18:1 that men ought always to pray, and not to faint. And 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says to pray without ceasing. James 5:16 tells us that the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
Like America, in ancient Babylon, Daniel was told that it was against the law to pray. Daniel let everyone know how he felt about this ungodly law by opening his windows, letting everyone see him praying three times a day. For disobeying the law to not pray, Daniel was thrown in the lion's den. The Lord Jesus blessed Daniel and saved him from the lion's den, while his accusers were thrown into the lion's den and died. Then the king of Persia ordered everyone to pray and obey the God of Daniel.
And Peter and John were told that it was against the law to mention the name of Jesus. Peter and John did not obey this ungodly law and responded at Acts 4:19 Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard. Peter and John kept preaching Jesus everywhere and were put into prison. Jesus sent an angel that delivered Peter and John from prison telling them to keep preaching Jesus.
Brother Bob was told that the law in America was separation of church and state. Brother Bob did not obey this law and on his state job posted the name of Jesus and bible scriptures in his office. One day a coworker told Brother Bob do you know that the name of Jesus and your bible scriptures could offend people? Brother Bob responded and told this woman, does it offend you? When she said no, Brother Bob told her to have a blessed day in the name of Jesus. And wow, when this woman retired she gave me several books about our Lord Jesus.
Remember, lawmaker and politician anywhere, you will never stop prayer, the preaching of Jesus, and the Word of God that will last forever. Psalm 119:89 says For ever, O Lord, thy Word (Jesus) is settled in heaven. And our Lord Jesus said at Luke 21:33 Heaven and earth shall pass away; but my words shall not pass away. Thank you Lord Jesus for Psalm 12:6 The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.
Take time to read what the leaders in America in the 1700's thought about prayer, the bible, and our Lord Jesus. Everyone in America should think about the blessed words pictured above of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Saints we need to pray that our leaders in America again make Godly laws that respect the bible and our Lord Jesus so America can be blessed.
George Washington said the propitious favorable smiles of heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which heaven itself has ordained. He also said let it simply be asked where is the security for property, for reputation, for life (how can we be safe) if the sense of religious obligations desert us? Thomas Jefferson said I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just and that His justice can not sleep for ever.
The founding fathers of America relied on the bible and mentioned God in America's founding documents (the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence). Politicians and lawmakers should note that the Declaration of Independence mentions God four times. And the 22 word blessed prayer banned by the US Supreme Court that kids everywhere in America before 1962 prayed in schools only mentioned God once.
Psalm 33:12 tells us Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, and the people whom He hath chosen for His own inheritance. Proverbs 14:34 says Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people. And Psalm 9:17 warns us The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God. People in America and all over this earth, escape the wrath of God and get saved; Repent and decide to stop sinning, make Jesus your God, and believe that Jesus died for you on the cross, was buried, and rose again.
Next in 1963 a woman named Madalyn Murray O'Hair did not want her ten year old son William to hear the bible read in school by students like the little girl pictured above. The atheist Madalyn Murray O'Hair had the United States Supreme Court in the case of United States v. Madalyn Murray O'Hair censor and prohibit the reading of the bible from all public schools in America.
In 1963, 97% of all Americans believed in God. But, the United States Supreme Court agreed with the 3% extreme minority to the exclusion of the 97% majority who believed in God and banned bible reading in public schools. The US Supreme Court based the O'Hair decision on the testimony of one psychologist who said "If portions of the new testament were read without explanation, they could be and have been psychologically harmful to the children". Wow, the O'Hair decision was not based on any law but on the testimony of one psychologist.
After 1963, Madalyn Murray O'Hair became famous, extremely rich, and America's spokeswoman for atheists who did not believe in God. Psalm 53:1 describes Ms. O'Hair and says the fool hath said in his heart, there is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity. This reminds me of the atheist who had a sign in his home saying God is nowhere. When a grandfather with his little five year old girl visited the atheists home, the little girl said grandpa look at the blessed sign that says God is now here.
Ironically, when little ten year old William O'Hair became an adult in 1980, William O'Hair got gloriously saved and received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour. Madalyn Murray O'Hair claimed that she had a post natal abortion when William got saved. Then Madalyn repudiated William O'Hair entirely and completely now and for all times. Madalyn said said that William was beyond all forgiveness.
Later in 1999, after the atheist Madalyn Murray O'Hair became extemely rich and profane, promoting atheism, humanism, and secularism, she organized a large corporation of atheists. Madalyn would hire atheists released from jail who had been felons and murderers. Then two of these felon atheists kidnapped Madalyn Murray O'Hair, William's brother John, and William's daughter Robin; bound and gagged them for thirty days and eventually killed them all.
Then after 1962 to 1985 in America, teachers said OK the US Supreme Court has ruled that kids can't pray out loud in schools; but, there's nothing wrong with having the kids pray silently every morning. Teachers all over America from 1962 to 1985 told kids every day like the kids pictured above lets all bow our heads, close our eyes, and silently pray to God before we start our day.
And wow, in 1985 the United States Supreme Court ruled that it was illegal for teachers to lead students in voluntary silent prayer. After 1985 in America, teachers can only tell kids let's bow our heads in a moment of silence to remember someone; but no silent prayers can be prayed. I tell kids everywhere in America to disobey this ungodly law and continue to pray in school where your prayers do not disrupt your classmates. And I've heard of some blessed teachers that continue to pray for their kids and pray openly to Jesus during school events.
I pray in Jesus name that America's leaders return to the laws of the United States in the 1800's. In the 1800's, the United States Congress used tax dollars to print thousands of King James bibles for distribution to public schools so teachers had bibles to read daily to their students. Deuteronomy 11:19 tells us teach them (the bible) to your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. Proverbs 22:6 says Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
What's happened after 1962 when most kids stopped praying in schools
Before 1962, kids all over America prayed every day in school for students, parents, teachers, and our country. After 1962, because kids in school are not allowed to pray for their classmates, today America has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the world. And one out of every two Americans 25 years and older have some kind of an STD (sexually transmitted disease).
I tell kids to wait until they are married to touch a man or woman. Hebrews 13:4 tells us Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled; but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge. Fornication (sex before marriage) is a sin. 1 Corinthians 6:18 says Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body, but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body; What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
After 1962, because kids in school are not allowed to pray for their parents, today over half of all couples (53%) get divorced. People are shacking up and cohabitating, living together, and refusing to marry; Single parent homes are everywhere and Americans don't even understand what the biblical definition of marriage between a man and a woman is. Note that when the kids were praying for their parents before 1962, the divorce rates were going down.
And after 1962, because kids in school are not allowed to pray for our country, there has been an increase in violent crimes in America where America has the most men housed in prisons. All these problems occurred because kids today are not allowed to pray for their students, parents, teachers, and the country every day. I pray in Jesus name America can return to allowing kids to pray in school every day. How blessed to think that before 1962 kids prayers in schools all over America would bless everyone with peace, safety, and life all over America.
What can we do since kids are not allowed
to pray in school every day?
Since kids are not allowed to pray in schools every day, what can we do? 1 Timothy 2:1 tells us I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men. For kings, and for all that are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour. In other words, pray for the leaders of your country to make Godly laws that respect the bible and lift up our Lord Jesus.
Isaiah 1:9 says Except the Lord of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah. Become a part of the very small remnant that prays for America or your country and save America or your country. Jeremiah 5:1 tells us Run ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem and see now, and know, and seek in the broad places thereof; If ye can find a man (just one man), if there be any that executeth judgment, that seeketh the truth, and I will pardon it. People of America please repent and heed Jeremiah's words at Jeremiah 18:8 that says If that nation against whom I have pronounced turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them.
Be like Daniel, who opened his windows and prayed three times a day for wicked Babylon. Because of Daniel's prayers, God had mercy upon Israel and 70 years later, Persian King Cyrus allowed a remnant of Jews to go back to Jerusalem and rebuild the walls of the temple and reinstitute the sacrifices with the worship of Almighty God.
I pray in Jesus name that this bible study blesses multitudes all over this earth with peace and strength. Feel free to email Brother Bob anytime at email@example.com or write to Brother Bob Malkin, 2233 Pinetree Lane, Apt. N., Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068. (614) 604-7133. Till we all meet again soon to lift up our Lord Jesus, everyone have a blessed day.