In just the latest event of outright hostility towards the Christian faith, a Boca Raton Middle school teacher installed an iron satanic pentagram in a public park next to a nativity scene depicting the birth of The Lord Jesus Christ. In a press release the teacher made it abundantly clear that his intent was to combat the Christian faith and the scene of Jesus Christ’s birth which he finds “offensive.”
According to reports:
“A Florida middle school teacher has erected a satanic display next to a Christmas Nativity scene at a public park in Boca Raton, outraging some locals and prompting vandals to damage it Tuesday afternoon.
Preston Smith, a language arts teacher at Boca Raton Community Middle School, was granted permission by the city to display a large inverted pentagram with the words, “May the children hail Satan” until Jan. 6 at Sanborn Square downtown.
According to reporters in Florida on Tuesday, vandals sometime Tuesday morning attached a chain from a vehicle and yanked the sculpture down, dragging it several feet.
Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie called the display “offensive” but defended the teacher’s First Amendment rights.
But the president of the middle school’s Parent Teacher Association wants Mr. Smith fired and plans to join other parents in protest outside of the school Wednesday, an NBC News affiliate reported. “A teacher we entrust our children with should not be putting a sign like this anywhere,” said Kim Bremer, a parent.” (source).
The Increasing Hostility Towards Jesus Christ
The statue of “protest” is just an attack against the Christian faith. Mr. Smith made this clear in the statement he released to the press:
“May the Children Hail Satan” is an artistic expression of defiance toward the Sanborn Square nativity scene, which performs an annual reenactment of predatory indoctrination in a public park targeting young children before they have critical thinking skills. Satan and God are clearly both fictional characters devoid of any verifiable peer-reviewed scientific evidence,” Smith wrote. (source).
The bible discusses this attitude towards the Christian faith in Ephesians 4:
“This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But ye have not so learned Christ;” – Ephesians 4:17-20
Mr. Smith’s tone sounds very similar to the rising tide of militant atheists who rather choose to target the Christian faith for attack, while appealing to “science” as the basis for their own beliefs. As noted in the passage above this teacher has become so vain in his mind that his knowledge and understanding of God has truly become darkened, rendering him “alienated” from God’s presence. This spiritual blindness will lead someone to not just doubt God but act against The Lord. Why else, would a self-professed atheist go to so much effort and time to “defy” a “fictional character”?
Sadly, as society moves farther and farther from any knowledge of God and Biblical Christianity, such displays are becoming more commonplace. Beginning And End previously covered an anti-abortion rally at the Texas Capitol in which abortion supporters shouted “Hail Satan!” at Christian pro-life supporters. We also detailed a protest where pro-abortion supporters held signs saying they wished “Mary had an abortion” referring to the birth mother of The Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore the church needs to be more active than ever to share the Gospel and let people who have had their minds blinded understand the truth and love of Jesus Christ, lest they die as enemies of the cross.
Pray For Our Schools
If you are a Christian, pray for the teachers like Mr. Smith who have made it a personal mission to disrespect and attack the Christian faith. And pray for the many Christians students who are now stepping onto hostile ground when they attend many public school classrooms. As seen in the video below, a small group of parents held a protest against the statue and Smith. They started a petition on Change.org calling for his removal from the school.
And if you are not a Christian and maybe question God or the Christian faith, ask yourself why so much effort is being given towards a fictional belief system. It is because the true enemy – Satan, does not want the Word of God to grow in your heart. Take the time to know God through reading the Bible, learning the Gospel and attending a Bible-believing Church.
When ancient Israel was in their height of sin and rebellion against The Lord, God said: “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool” (Isaiah 1:18). This is God’s heart for you. Rather than attack, reason and get to know God. It is much better to be forgiven by God than to face Him as an enemy.
Update Video on the statue being knocked down.