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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Melody (08/24/06)

TITLE: Flunking Christianity


“Melody!” her mother called from the kitchen. “Melody, get your tush down here now!” She flipped over the bacon, mulling over her teen daughter. “You’re gonna be late and you look fine!”

“Mom, I need ten more minutes! I’m almost done!”

“Ten more minutes is not almost done,” her mother muttered under her breath. “Fine, but you’re walking to school!”

“It’s five miles! You can’t be serious!” Melody stuck the earring into its appropriate hole and jumped down the stairs. “And don’t you dare start your sentence with ‘when I was your age’, okay? Every teen knows that when people were our age, they walked barefoot in the snow, uphill both ways, five miles there and ten miles back. This frankly, makes no sense.”

“Maybe you should apply your sense of sense to sociology today; I got a call from your teacher.”

“He’s out to get me, Mom. He’s an atheist, and whenever I say something about religion, he cuts me off and moves to someone else. He gave me an ‘F’ on a paper because I used God as an example in almost all of my answers. He said that it didn’t stick to what we learned in class.”

“That’s just being ridiculous, honey. He’s not after you because you’re a Christian. You’re starting to sound like your father. Here’s your breakfast. Sit; eat.”

* * * *

It may seem far-fetched but there are just too many morning conversations exactly like this that go on in Christian homes. As Christians, we are called to love everyone as Christ did, and to not pass judgment, but as a human being, we are required to be aware of what’s going on out there. The case noted above about the teacher is true; it’s happened before, but it’s a crime, a fringe on an American’s freedoms, and the student can easily turn him in for his abuse of power. However, many won’t and don’t because they’re afraid. Don’t be afraid; stand up for what you believe in, and please, please, please, and please, don’t be in the dark. Be informed about what’s going on in the world; Christianity is taking a beating and we need to know more about it.

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Lucile McKenzie08/31/06
Good idea for use of the prompt. I found the dialogue a bit stilted, but the message comes across. Unfortunately, it's true that Christianity is under attack and we need to be aware.
Lynda Schultz 08/31/06
It's been going on for a long time - I got an F on an English paper for explaining my faith. And I know it wasn't the writing because that same year I won the English prize for my grade level. That was 40 plus years ago! Thanks for the well thought out reminder.
Lynda Lee Schab 09/02/06
You share some good thoughts here and the reader can tell you're passionate about this topic. You should try to submit an essay somewhere, voicing your concern. As for the piece itself, parts of the dialogue seemed false to me and I couldn't find any connection to the theme of "Melody," except for the teen's name, which is stretching it a bit. Thanks for sharing and keep writing!
Donna Emery09/03/06
your comments are all too true. It is unfortunate that the voices of Christians are being stifled, but, unfortunately, it is nothing new. Keep sharing your gift!
Amy Michelle Wiley 09/17/06
So true that many people don't realize that they can legally fight teacher discrimination against Christians. Good on you for spreading the word!