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Topic: Pen and Paper (07/17/14)
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By Julene Celander
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“Take out pen and paper, please.”
“This has to be a joke!” mumbled Christy. “It’s only the second day of the school year.”
Wild thoughts went through Christy’s mind as she laboriously pulled out a sheet of crisp white notebook paper and her newest favorite purple ink pen. She sat in astonishment as the entire class rummaged and finally found what the teacher asked them to do.
“This is a pop quiz and it will determine just how well you all follow instructions. I also hope to learn a little more about all of you from the answers you give.” explained Mrs. Quillery.
“Question one, what is the title of the book you were handed yesterday in class?”
Christy thought about it a moment and put the purple ink pen to the blank white paper. She carefully penned ‘Theory of Evolution’. She had no idea why she was required to take this class since it didn’t line up with what she had been taught. But her parents told her to make the best of it.
“Question two, how old is the earth?”
Christy knew most people believed the earth was billions of years old. She knew different because her pastor had taught her church members the truth. She wrote approximately 4,000 years. She wondered how quickly she would be marked wrong by Mrs. Quillery.
“Question three, who is your hero?”
This question was harder. She had to think a while before Christy answered honestly. I have three heroes, my parents and Jesus. My parents for always being truthful about everything and Jesus for being faithful, forgiving, and loving.
“Question four, where did you learn your ethical code and moral code?”
Oh Boy! This one was really going to get her into trouble…especially in an evolution class. One of the ethics she had been taught however was that ‘honesty is the best policy’, or so Benjamin Franklin stated. She wrote her answer. I have been taught my morals and ethics beginning with my parents and then my Sunday school teachers. Once I was old enough to remain in a church pew during the pastor’s sermon, I learned them from the truth in God’s word.
“Question five, are you from creation or evolution?”
Nothing like getting straight to the point! Christy’s answer to this one was easy. She carefully wrote, I am one of God’s creations just as everyone else on the planet is.
Her answers were honest, but Christy felt like she had failed her first evolution quiz and the future tests and quizzes didn’t look too bright either.
That night at the supper table, Christy told her parents about the quiz and her feelings about her answers. Very possibly evolution was going to be her first failing grade since entering high school three years ago. She would continually shudder at the phrase, “Please take out pen and paper”.
Her parents smiled and encouraged her to continue giving honest answers and to not compromise her beliefs. After all, didn’t she still believe ‘all things are possible with God’?
The following Friday, Mrs. Quillery asked her to please stay after class. She wanted to discuss her test paper with her. Obediently, Christy stayed in her seat when the bell rang and said a prayer.
Mrs. Quillery started by saying, “I admire you for your truthful answers and your obedience to God. You follow instructions well and I know you much better than anyone else in the class.”
“But I don’t understand, this is an evolution class and God isn’t recognized in evolution!”
“Oh I know my dear child. But this class isn’t going to be about evolution entirely. I intend to also state my beliefs in creation and try to get the class to see both sides. I believe you can be a great help by just staying true to yourself and to the Lord. Speak up when I talk about creation.”
“Mrs. Quillery I had no idea you believed in creationism. But why then, are you teaching evolution? It doesn’t make sense.”
“God placed me in this classroom to teach young people about His creation and about the lies of evolution. The board tried to shut me down, but with the help of a believing principal, I was eventually allowed to teach both.”
“God moves in mysterious ways; that’s for sure. I won’t mind hearing ‘take out pen and paper’ anymore.”
“I almost forgot. Thank you for reminding me Christy. Here is your pop quiz.”
Christy turned the paper over…A+
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