After the shooting that killed 17 at a school in Parkland, Florida, state lawmakers think it's time to bring God back into schools.
According to Charisma News, every Florida school and school administrative building would have to prominently display "In God we trust" under a bill that passed 97-10 in the Florida House. Rep. Kimberly Daniels, a Jacksonville Democrat and sponsor of the bill, cited the recent tragedy during a speech, stating that God is light and "our schools need light in them like never before."
Stephen E. Strang, author of "God and Donald Trump," says the Parkland shooting certainly hit home for the staff of Charisma House, which published his new best-selling book, as the company is based in Lake Mary, Florida.
"Although a heated debate about gun laws in the wake of this tragedy continues," said Strang, "there seems to be a bit of a culture shift. More and more Americans—and American leaders—are realizing that no one measure will fix the program. A gun law will not necessarily prevent another sad occurrence like this. More armed security guards may deter but can't solve everything. A more engaged and more caring school community will help but violence and evil will still be a part of our fallen world. Humans are broken, and without God, we will remain broken and searching for our own methods to solve our problems. But there is only one solution—the presence of God and His healing back in our land."
In "God and Donald Trump," Strang gives an inside look at the Donald Trump campaign, election and the presidency thus far, including how he engaged with evangelicals and other faith groups to claim victory.
"Many Americans who heard Trump saying he wanted to 'make America great again' hoped he was also saying that he wanted to make America 'morally great again.'" Strang wrote in "God and Donald Trump." "For conservative Christians this moral greatness only comes from spiritual revival, something many believers had been praying for. They weren't praying to elect Donald Trump so much as they were praying for a change of direction and a new moral and spiritual awakening.
"For most voters in the heartland, their concerns had little to do with Obamacare, gun control or defense spending, although most would have an opinion on such matters," Strang continued. "Rather the moral issues and downward spiritual spiral of the nation had them fired up. Supreme Court rulings taking prayer out of school in 1962 and Bible reading in 1963 were just the beginning. Legalizing abortion on demand under the Supreme Court's faulty 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade signified a tragedy of even greater magnitude. Removing restrictions on internet pornography and legalizing same-sex marriage after the Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court ruling in 2015 were among the reasons conservatives believed they were under attack. And that's why the cultural revolution was becoming a major issue in the election."
Daniels, the sponsor of the Florida House bill, added that gun issues need to be addressed, but the "real thing that needs to be addressed are issues of the heart." The measure heads to the Florida Senate next.
Strang is an award-winning journalist and successful businessman who began his career as a newspaper reporter at the Orlando Sentinel. He later founded a Christian publishing house and media company while interviewing and writing about nearly every Christian leader in the country over the past four decades.
"God and Donald Trump" is published by Frontline, an imprint of Charisma House, which has published books that challenge, encourage, teach and equip Christians, including 14 New York Times best-sellers.
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