Removing the Planks from our Eyes - Iredell County

Updated: Jul 8

Matthew 7: 3-5

“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

I am taking to pen because my heart breaks for the students in Iredell County. In late spring, we learned of a tragic loss of a young man who took his life. The reality of these events is becoming more reoccurring and my spirit is screaming, "Lord, show us how we can impact the spirits, minds, and souls of young people." If a large amount of young people only knew how liberating a life in Christ can be to their mental health, we would see a huge turnaround in feelings of sadness, depression, anxiety, and teen suicides. More than ever the church needs to rise up and re-claim our youth and refocus our objectives as we fight for the minds and hearts of young people and our family.

As many may know, Free the Smiles has been a movement of people who are fighting for parental rights, m

edical freedoms, and a strong advocate against concepts in the lines of Critical Race Theory (CRT) and Social Emotional Learning (SEL). Yes, I have opposition against CRT and SEL, but I feel that we are barking up the wrong tree and our youth are the losers in this fight being fought by our community leaders. Has anyone thought to ask his or her self the following question: Why is CRT and SEL being implemented in our public schools? We have declared a spiritual war on a collegiate ideology, but do we even know the reason why it has pierced the four walls of our schools?

Let's Explore the Root Causes of why these programs are in our Schools:

1. Many of our inner city and rural schools in our county are failing on multiple fronts with students.

  • Minorities and impoverished youth are failing in academics.

  • Both rural and urban schools are dealing with disciplinary challenges that disrupt class instruction periods, which damages the emotional/spiritual well-being of students, and school suspensions cripples the academic progress of the person(s) missing school.

  • According to the Carolina School Hub North Carolina High School Rankings, one will see that schools such as Statesville High School (412 of 429) and North Iredell High School (295 of 412) are struggling:

2. Rising concerns with students' Mental Health

  • According to the CDC, 1 in 3 high school students had experienced persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness in 2019, a 40 percent increase since 2009.

  • In 2019, approximately 1 in 6 youth reported making a suicide attempt, a 44% increase since 2009.

  • Almost half of lesbian, gay, or bisexual students and nearly one-third of students not sure of their sexual identity reported they had seriously considered suicide.

  • Folks, these numbers are pre-COVID and we should request our local Iredell Health Department to bring the current data to our attention sooner than later.

In conclusion, the liberal community has defined their solutions to resolving these root issues in the form of CRT and SEL Yes, I disagree with this speck of sawdust from our liberal counterparts, and we conservatives see clearly the errors of their ways while all along in the midst a tumultuous season we have a PLANK in our eyes. The conservative community proclaim we are rooted in Faith, Family, and Freedom, but all the while we allow schools to take away club periods, so that Christian clubs are extremely limited on how they are able to be instrumental to youths' mental and spiritual health. Christian believers at one particular school have to meet at 6:45AM in the morning in order not to forsake the gathering of the believer (Hebrews 10:25). A good brother in Christ, Wesley Dezern, shared with me that Iredell School System has opened up the doors for students to start Bible Clubs and volunteers to enter the school as Chaplains, but not many are joining Mr. Dezern in efforts to help youth read better, to tutor youth in math, and share Christ to their hurting hearts. Yes, I am annoyed that we are exhausting so much energy to research inappropriate books in the library, when we have the opportunity to create curriculum to training our kids on how to be missionaries in the schools. We as conservative must wake up, because we are fueling issues that are relevant to fight, but should not exhaust up ALL our energy. We should be sitting down with administrators to get inspiring individuals to touch the minds, hearts, and souls through school assemblies. We should be rallying pastors, churches, businesses to raise funds to support prayer groups and Christian clubs to have powerful devotionals to address belongingness and mental health for our students.

2 Chronicles 7:14 states, "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Yes, folks! Our community and nation needs healing and below are a few items that we can begin to refocus on TODAY!!!

What are the tangible Christian solutions we should be fighting to implement in Public Schools?

  1. More STUDENT LED unified Prayer Walks around our schools. Prayer walks show solidarity and heavy expression of our need for the Almighty to intervene and give us wisdom and solutions. We all know what we are facing is spiritual warfare (Ephesians 6:12)!

  2. Train up young people to become missionaries within the four walls of their schools.

  3. Increase the number of Christian Bible Clubs in the schools, especially in the middle and high.

  4. Get Lake Norman High School to restore club time, so Christian can share their faith during school time with friends.

  5. Raise money for local club chapters such as Fellowship of Christian Athletes to be effective with their ministry and assist with expanding programs.

  6. Develop an ecumenical database so that ministers and spiritual leaders can be called within minutes of tragic or emergency moments within our schools

  7. Local community leaders should recruit and raise funds for inspiring people to come speak before young people within the school. We should make every effort to raise up, men, money, and morale to implement the matter within the schools.

  8. Try to approach school as issues and concerns as non-partisan as possible and in the midst of sharing our concern, Christ should be at the center!

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