This past Sunday, we heard a stirring message from Randy Harris. He'd volunteered to speak (to his own church!), knowing I'd have a full weekend with the wedding. He preached from the parable of the wheat and weeds (Matthew 13), encouraging us to go fully into the world--even a world with monsters. This morning I read Cal Thomas's editorial, supporting the resolution at the Southern Baptist Convention for Christians to pull their kids out of the public schools. For some people, that may fit their family. (I want the church to support families who make decisions for home schooling, private schooling, and public schooling.) But as a strategy for Christians? Sure, get away from the world! Put our kids in our own schools. Live in blocks with only other Christians. Draft our ballteams so all the kids are friends from church. Play golf only with other Christians. Heck, maybe we can live in caves around the Dead Sea, produce our own scrolls, remain (?) celibate, and be REALLY HOLY. The way of Jesus is into the world--even a world with monsters. I had lunch today with a father of young children who was talking in amazement about the editorial. He said this past year his son was in one of those secular public schools with a school teacher who arrived early every morning so she could sit in every student's seat and pray for them by name. Quick, PROTECT OUR KIDS! This past year, my wife's second grade classroom had two students who were homeless. Can you imagine? They were showing up smelly and hungry. But they were showing up to a godly woman who got to play the part of Jesus in their lives. Abandon the public schools, Cal? I don't think so.