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When A Texas Teen Takes A Stand

 I'm not ashamed of the Gospel

I remember being the same age as Texas teenager Cameron Franks. If you are unfamiliar with his story, here's a brief run-down. Rusk High School, where Cameron attends, had a certain poster displayed on a schoolroom wall. It happened to be one of Slingshot's posters, designed by the incredibly talented artist Jayme Brandt of Gardenfire, titled simply... "Illegal". The school was made to take down the poster by a group, Freedom From Religion Foundation. The poster promoted Christianity and was deemed to be in violation of the Establishment Clause in the Constitution.

This event inspired Cameron to make a decision. He could easily decide to do nothing. His rights were not violated. There was no gun to his head. There is no imprisonment imminent. It's only a poster.

But he decided to do something. Because he had enough of silent Christianity. He had enough of the internal conflict, "Do I stand for something?" So he started selling a Christian designed T-Shirt and wore it proudly.

 

It feels like it wasn't so long ago that I walked the halls of my high school. The sound of the lockers, the smell of the cafe, the route I'd carved out and walked instinctively for those four years. It seems all too familiar. Nostalgia is setting in as I write.

But I recall other things of High School too. Hearing the snide remarks aimed at some of my dearest friends... "Bible Thumper" ... "Jesus Boy." It may sound like a light form of "persecution" comparatively speaking. You are right, we are free to love God and worship without the oppressing fear that plague believers in other countries experience.

But to a teenager, it is gravely serious. It challenges everything inside of you. Do you stand for what you believe? Or does the magnificent desire for acceptance overwhelm and overtake you? It is a time where your sociological desires come crashing against your core values and beliefs. Don't you recall those times? Perhaps it is in years gone by... or maybe it's yesterday.

I recall that urge to snicker at the "Jesus Boy." I remember the gaze of the football team captain, awaiting my response. Was I cool like them? Or was I another Jesus Freak? The question nagged at me: "What if they treat me the same? Is it worth it?" I'm thankful I did what I knew was right. It would soon pay off.

It wasn't long before I was asked "Why doesn't he care that we are teasing him?" It was the football captain. That was the first time I shared the Gospel, one on one. And I have my dear friend, "Jesus Boy" to thank for it.

 

Why do we at Slingshot love Cameron Frank's story? Because he is after the same thing we are. Creating Influence. Yes, it's just a poster. Yes, it's just a T-Shirt. But it's one soul at a time.

And Cameron Franks is making his four years count.

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Cameron's Facebook Page: Facebook.com/WeWontBeShaken
Slingshot Publishing: Poster #54 - Illegal
GardenFire TShirts: www.gardenfire.com

 

 

 


6 comments

  • Adam Brodrecht

    Couple of things raised by a wise reader of the Blog, Joel.

    First, My apologies… The Founding Fathers obviously did not write “In God We Trust.” Thank you Joel for pointing that out!
    That being said, there’s a reason “In God We Trust” has been the resounding chant from the United States for over 200 years.
    Why do you think?

    Secondly, it is my perspective that this poster on a wall does not indicate that the school “promotes or endorses Christianity” … however others would say this crosses the important line of “separation of Church and State.”
    What do you say?

  • Slingshot Publishing

    Click on POSTERS or HOME at the top of this page to go to our store and purchase THIS POSTER IS ILLEGAL.

  • Noel Franks

    Please let me know how to get these. We have had many people asking about getting these. Thank you so much for posting my sons story. I am here for the long haul and God has said this is my ministry. Probably will order 100 at a time thanks again for your support and prayers. God Bless
    Noel Franks

  • Adam Brodrecht

    Thanks for your questions, Hal and Joel. I can appreciate both sides to this question. Although I may lean more to one side, there is credence from either perspective.

    On one side, I can see why it may be wrong for the teacher to put this poster in their classroom.
    – The intention of our educational system is not for the promotion of one religion or faith. Just as a Christian may cry foul over Buddism being promoted by a teacher, the Buddist also has the same right.
    – A teacher carries a certain responsibility to the student. They are entrusted with the minds of a young generation, to build their mental faculties and educate. A teacher is not a priest/pastor/monk or religious leader, and ought to respect that.
    – A teacher posting this in a classroom can easily be perceived as crossing an unspoken boundary. It is quite reasonable to see why some would request it’s removal.

    On the other side, however, I do not believe it was wrong for the teacher to post this in their classroom.
    – Some of the most influential teachers I had in school were the ones that were courageous enough to stand up for something with fervency. I recall a certain English teacher that gave a riveting lecture about the treatment of homosexuals. It was inspiring. Motivating. Not because I agreed with his views. Because he was passionate about something and it inspired me to be passionate about my own opinions and worldviews. In that same class, I would later debate creation vs. evolution and get a standing ovation for my defence of creation.
    He was teaching us to think for ourselves. To believe in something. Maybe this teacher is doing the same.
    – Surely one teachers perspective does not represent the views of the School or School board as a whole.
    – This is a free country. The United States of America. Let’s not forget it was founded on Christian principles and in Christian faith. The founding fathers wrote “In God We Trust.” The poster in question is not defamatory nor libellous in any way… it merely expresses a simple, old, traditional faith that is no surprise to America.

    Ironic that this poster is Illegal in 51 countries… Texas, USA is not one of them.
    It is reminding us that we are free to worship. Free to express our faith. Free to believe.
    That does not seem wrong to me.

    But as I said, I lean more to one side of this one.

  • joel

    Is it right for a public school teacher to hang this poster in the classroom?

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