Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Clarify (10/15/15)
- TITLE: The Truth About School
By Cindy Duncan
LEAVE COMMENT ON ARTICLE
SEND A PRIVATE COMMENT
ADD TO MY FAVORITES
Jake stayed in bed that morning, even though he knew it would cause all kinds of trouble. He pulled the covers tight around him, forming a shield from the turmoil he knew was headed his way.
“Why aren’t you up yet?” asked his mom. She had that worried mom tone in her voice, and he knew if he lied and said he wasn’t feeling well, he could probably avert a family crisis. But he took a different route.
“Not going to church today, Mom.” He looked up at her and watched her eyes morph from worry, to confusion, and then to righteous anger.
“Could I ask why not?” she asked, her hands on her hips as she glared down at him. “You know the rules, Jake, at this house we go to church. No excuses.”
“Yeah, Mom, I know the rules, but to answer your question, I’m not sure what I believe anymore. Hardly anyone at school is a Christian. In fact, sometimes I feel like a freak there, like I’m ignorant if I believe all the God stuff. It’s just so confusing. How could so many people be so wrong?”
Liquid began to fill his mom’s eyes, diluting the anger with sorrow.
“I just need some time to think about things, Mom. Don’t go crazy on me.”
“Will you stay home from school, too? I mean, you’re at school five days a week, and church only gets one day to influence your thinking. Doesn’t seem fair to me.” With this, she did a dramatic turn and left the room.
Jake listened to her footsteps fade, stop, and then change to heavier ones headed his way. “Oh great,” he mumbled to himself. “Here comes Dad for round two.”
“Son, I just have one thing to say,” he said as he opened Jake’s door. ‘We’re in a war. Don’t take off your armor.” Then he left.
Those words stayed with Jake for days, then one morning he drove his mom’s car to school. When he turned the radio on, it was on a Christian station, and there was a man preaching. “Turn to Ephesians, chapter six,” the preacher said, as Jake reached for the knob to turn the station. Then he stopped. If he remembered correctly from Sunday School, the sixth chapter of Ephesians told about the armor his dad had mentioned. He decided that maybe he shouldn’t turn the station just yet.
Jake listened to the sermon all the way to school, even sitting in the parking lot until it was over. The preacher talked about our battle not being against flesh and blood, but against spiritual wickedness in high places. He talked about using our shield of faith, our helmet of salvation, and our sword of the spirit, among other pieces of armor. By the end of the sermon, everything at school made sense.
Jake remembered the day he was driving through the mountains, and a dense fog had moved in. He could barely see at first, then with each passing mile his vision improved. When the fog was finally lifted he could see clearly again. This sermon had the same effect on him.
When he entered his school that morning, he almost didn’t recognize it. He saw it as a battlefield, but the enemies were not his classmates. He could almost feel the spiritual tension in the air. He finally understood why so many of his peers were so adamantly against God. They were being deceived by spiritual wickedness, and Jake was filled with compassion for them.
He made a silent vow to each one as he passed them in the hallway, looking them in the eyes when possible. “I will help you understand, and we will see clearly and defend our school against the fiery darts of the devil,” he told them in his heart.
When Matt mockingly asked him where his Bible was, Jake smiled at him and asked, “How’s your mom, Matt? I heard she’s been sick, and I want you to know that I will be praying for her.”
“Uh, yeah, she has, and okay, thanks I guess,” stammered Matt.
“You’re welcome, buddy.” Jake realized that with love, he had a chance to help win the battle for his school.
On his way to class, Jake sent his mom a text. “Can I drive your car to church Sunday? I hope to be bringing some friends with me.”
The opinions expressed by authors may not necessarily reflect the opinion of FaithWriters.com.
Accept Jesus as Your Lord and Savior Right Now - CLICK HERE
JOIN US at FaithWriters for Free. Grow as a Writer and Spread the Gospel.