Celebrate Religious Freedom and God's Love

Teen girl reading a Bible to kids at a park

What would happen if half a million Christian students all brought their Bibles to school on the same day?

Find out on Oct. 4!

Bring Your Bible to School Day

The first Thursday of October 2018 marks the fifth annual Bring Your Bible to School Day—an opportunity for hundreds of thousands of students across the United States to share God's hope and celebrate religious freedom, simply by carrying their Bibles to school. The day is sponsored by Focus on the Family, but it's young people who lead it.

The event has come a long way in the last four years—from an estimated 8,000 participants in 2014 to nearly 500,000 in 2017. From kindergarten to college, students of all grade levels are invited to join in.

Some students have faced opposition from teachers and administrators, but the First Amendment recognizes the rights of students to talk about their faith and to read their Bibles outside of classroom time. Bring Your Bible to School Day is a great opportunity for Christian students to discuss critical issues from a biblical perspective and to share the hope and love that the Bible offers.

Students share the Word with classmates

Emalix says her fifth-grade son was challenged by a classmate who said he couldn't bring his Bible to school. "He felt sad about it," she says, "and I had lunch with him, teaching him about his rights to bring it and read it proudly."

Maliyah, 8, shares her favorite Bible stories with classmates during their downtime, says her mother. "She's such a great girl who's showing Jesus in her school!"

"I brought my Bible to school and shared Scripture with classmates," says 9-year-old Kayla. "With one friend we read Genesis 1. I wanted to share the love of Christ boldly." Madison and her sisters brought their Bibles to school to spend the day praying and reading during their free time. Madison says, "I chose to participate because I love the Lord and desire to share the Gospel."

Brooke says she gave her own childhood Bible to her daughter on the morning of the event. "She was so excited," Brooke says. "She took it to school and told everyone about Bring Your Bible to School Day. She was the only one in her school who did. Teachers didn't even know about it. But they did let her read it during her downtime."

"I took my Bible to read during free time and passed out bookmarks to friends," says Maddox, 10. "I like to share Jesus with others."

This article first appeared in the August/September 2018 issue of Focus on the Family magazine and was originally titled "Sharing the Word." If you enjoyed this article, read more like it in Focus on the Family's marriage and parenting magazine. Get this publication delivered to your home by subscribing to it for a gift of any amount.
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