I was asked to speak at the Legislative Press Conference at the Capitol regarding the removal of the Bible in the Davis School District. Below is my statement. Each underline hyperlinks to a scripture or supporting text.
The core of the issue that brings us here today creates an elephant in the room. Recall with me:
The delegates to the 1787 Constitutional Convention established their new government upon the traditional Biblical values of the founding generation, which were later articulated in 1796 by George Washington in his Farewell Address that “virtue or morality is a necessary spring of
The founders of America believed in the Holy Scriptures. They believed — so much so, that an act of Congress sanctioned the publication of the Bible for installation into all public schools as a tool of instruction.
The Bible brings hope, peace, healing and adventure – admonishment, conviction and restoration. The Holy Scriptures remind us that our pain can be a prescription, not a poison. And that each seed must break before it blooms.
It reminds us: “Jesus loved the Lilies.”
May I remind us today that:
All Scripture is breathed by God and is profitable for instruction, for conviction, for correction, and for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be complete and proficient, outfitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work. (II Timoty 3:16-17)
God’s word is a SWORD.
For the word of God is living and active and full of power, It is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating as far as the division of the soul and spirit, and of both joints and marrow, exposing and judging the very thoughts and intentions of the heart. And, not a creature exists that is concealed from His sight, but all things are open and exposed and revealed to the eyes of Him with whom we have to give account. (Hebrews 4:12-13)
What I love most about the chambers in this building are the quasi-transparent ceilings reminding us God, Yahweh, is watching.
One day will come when each stands before Yahweh and accounts for our actions.
And I pray we remember these truths today and in the days to come.
All my best.
Utah State Board of Education, District 8