The need for God's hope has never been greater — especially in our public schools, many of which have increasingly delved into promoting controversial sexual topics to students, such as homosexuality, transgenderism and gay marriage. All too often, this occurs in a way that is extremely disrespectful of parental rights and students' religious freedoms. Many times it creates a pressure-cooker situation for Christian students since this promotion often occurs without parental knowledge or permission — and only one point of view is allowed, while others are disparaged.
Yet, when darkness increases, it creates an opportunity for the light of God's love to shine even brighter! The hope of the Gospel has never failed in these situations. Thankfully, we still live in a nation that allows free speech and religious freedom. That's why it's so important we encourage our students to not be ashamed of expressing their deeply held religious convictions, and to do so in a way that's peaceful and respectful of authority. They can have confidence and boldness in sharing their beliefs about God's redemptive plan for humanity.
Day of Dialogue® — a nationwide, free-speech event and website for teens in public high schools and colleges — is sponsored by Focus on the Family® and is designed to equip and support Christian students who have a heart for sharing Christ's love and a biblical perspective on current-day issues with classmates.
I Timothy 4:12 says, "Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity." And that's exactly what the Day of Dialogue equips teens to do!