Alan Silverlieb of CNN News:
Educators across America found themselves at the center of a political storm this week as conservatives exploded in anger over President Obama's plans to give a speech to the country's schoolchildren.
A stunned White House insisted the address, planned for Tuesday, is meant to encourage students to study hard and stay in school.
Many parents said they aren't buying it. They said they're convinced the president is going to use the opportunity to press a partisan political agenda on impressionable young minds.
"Thinking about my kids in school having to listen to that just really upsets me," a suburban Colorado mother, Shanneen Barron, told CNN affiliate KMGH-TV in Denver. "I'm an American. They are Americans, and I don't feel that's OK. I feel very scared to be in this country with our leadership right now." (Read the rest).
I don't know all of what President Obama will address in his speech, but I do know this--we need to teach our children to respect the president of the United States. Years ago it was a big deal to hear the President speak. We respected who he was and what he had to say. Now we feel the need to blast him before he even speaks. Please hear me. It doesn't mean we will agree with everything he says, but clearly the Bible teaches us that we are to respect and honor those who govern us (Rom. 13:1-7). So perhaps instead of worrying so much about what the President might say and what our kids might hear, let's pray for our president (1 Tim. 2:1-2) and model for our children an attitude of respect for him and for our God who is sovereign over all and holds Obama's heart in his hands (Prov. 21:1).