Part of the Why a Day of Dialogue is Needed — And What You Can Do Series
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!
What You Can Do
- Download the Kits: First, download our FREE student and parent toolkits (see next item in article series). These kits are chock full of interactive tools — including a fun, colorful "Conversation-Starter" topical guide, a share-worthy "Know Your Rights" online quiz for students, videos, and free, downloadable PowerPoint presentations — that will prompt meaningful discussions with your teens.
- Visit DayOfDialogue.com: As you will see constantly reflected on the website, the heart of the initiative is to equip students to express truth in love, as presented by Jesus Christ of the Bible. Jesus didn't back away from speaking truth, but neither did He hold back in pouring out His compassionate love for hurting and vulnerable people and defending those people from harm.
- Spread the Word: Help support students' efforts by sharing the guide with the teens, pastors and parents in your life. Share this link: focusonthefamily.com/empowerstudents
- Pray For the Event: We hope you will surround your student participant with prayer and exhortation, as they participate in this year's event. Please pray for students in the weeks leading up to the Day of Dialogue event on April 10. Also pray for the thousands of students who will exercise their First Amendment rights to distribute Conversation Cards, put up posters and engage in other free-speech activities that communicate a grace-filled, biblical perspective on some of the most sensitive issues of our day.