Today is the National Day of Silence, organized in schools by GLSEN to bring awareness to bullying and mistreatment of LGBT+ students and to honor the students who have lost their lives through suicide because of bullying.
Day of Silence can be a controversial topic for conservative Christians because of its connection to GLSEN, an affirming LGBT+ organization. Some schools gave out rainbow pins or buttons for the day. Many Christian teachers are asking, “Should I wear the pin or not?”
Your Words Are What Matter
One of our team members at Lead Them Home was contacted two days ago from a friend who teaches history at a high school. The GSA club at his school had been handing out rainbow pins to all the teachers to wear on Day of Silence, and he was conflicted about wearing it.
He asked one of our team members what to do, and this is what she had to say:
It matters more what message you communicate with your life than what you wear for the day. If you wear the pin, say something about it. If you don’t, still say something about it.
Talk about bullying and suicide with your students. While students in your classroom likely have different beliefs on sexuality, NO human being should ever feel so harassed that taking their life seems like the only way out.
She then gave him some ideas and statistics to help him discuss the topic with his students as well as our 32 Tips for Relational Effectiveness to help him prepare in case any student spoke to him.
More than anything, we need more Christian voices speaking up against the injustices LGBT+ people and teens face. Why would someone care about our thoughts on faith and ethics when our silence shows to them that we don’t care whether they live or die?
One teacher may wear a pin for a day, but a teacher who proves their radical love for students every day will not leave their students wondering. Do not let fear rob you of an opportunity to speak out against injustice. You may just save a life.
Are you a school staff or faculty member? Use events like Day of Silence to discuss LGBT+ bullying and suicide with students. Are you a pastor? Talk about it with your church. Are you a parent? Talk about it with your children and family.
Sadly, Christians are often the most silent on Day of Silence no matter how much noise we make. We need to speak up against injustice.
Josh has an M.A. in Biblical Literature, and his greatest passion is help people grow in their relationship with Jesus.
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