Thanksgiving is far too often overshadowed by the retail frenzy of the Christmas—make that the (politically correct) "holiday"—season. Yet if it weren't for the events we as Americans celebrate at Thanksgiving, we likely wouldn't have 200+ years of history as the most powerful, most freedom-loving nation this world has ever known. And there's no telling where we’d be if it weren't for the God who blessed those first settlers and allowed them to pave the way for the United States of America to become a reality more than 150 years later.
“Are you a Christian?” These were among the last words heard by several college students and a professor just a few weeks ago, as our nation witnessed the horror of another mass shooting, this time at a community college in Oregon. These were senseless deaths—deaths that appeared to be motivated by a hatred for Christianity. We grieve this loss not just because of the innocent lives that were cut short but also because tragedies like this force us to face our own mortality and the fact that, ultimately, we have little control over when our time on earth is done. That’s a harsh reality.
The National Center for Life and Liberty is coming off of one of its busiest months ever. With the addition of new offices in North Carolina and California, we are growing and expanding in ways only God could orchestrate—geographically, in the services we provide, and in the numbers of churches, individuals, and families who are joining and supporting this much-needed ministry. We've also hired two more attorneys and added new team members in our marketing and publications department, all of whom are excited and eager to use their talents and gifts to further the NCLL's mission of protecting and defending the values upon which our nation was founded.
In a recent Gallup poll gauging how Americans felt about public education, 30% said they were “very dissatisfied,” while only 10% were “very satisfied.” Another study by the US Department of Education reported that the number of homeschooled children in the United States climbed by 61.8 percent between 2003 and 2012 (the last date this study was done).
If nothing else, these studies show us that parents are considering other options in their search to find the best educational choices for their children and families. We applaud parents for investigating and praying about these important decisions.