So I go to Public High School in New South Wales, Australia and until this year I loved to study science. I loved to see all reactions, the photos of what lay beyond the boundaries of the Earth and most of all I loved to marvel over God's great, intricate creation.Now I wasn't a fool and I disagreed with somethings the teacher said and would often be the cause of much eye rolling among my class mates as I would engage the teacher in a debate on just about every day - I won most because of my habit of watching whatever documentary I could get my hands on in my spare time and that a lot of the time it was a teacher not specialized in the field they were teaching (that's a small public high school for you ).However, this year part of the curriculum was to study evolution.
*scoffs* I even hate to type the awful word!
What was I to do? I would be in lots of trouble and fail science if I refused to do the work but to do the work was many million times worse so I decided in a heart beat that I would not do it and not be discrete about it either.
When Miss sent around the sheets on the first day of this subject I refused mine and when Miss asked what I thought I was doing I told her in a voice big enough for the whole class to hear said "I'm Christian, it's against my religion.I don't believe in it and I won't study it." Her eyes went very wide -( it was obvious no one had ever said that to her before)- and the whole class gasped or asked the person next to them if they heard right. Miss, who had seen many generations pass through the school looked absolutely shocked and angry, scary angry but I didn't care at all. "You will have a talk with the principle if you don't do it!" she thundered. "With the utmost respect Miss, I won't study it and there is nothing you or anyone can say or do to make me." That made her angrier and she stomp away to the front of the class ignoring me the rest of the period.
I was shocked by the amount of teasing and laughing and people trying to convince me I was stupid to care at all - even my so-called friends. Everyone seemed angry at me and no one seemed on my side except God. I knew I pleased him by refusing. He gave me strength and nerve to do it so publicly.
Because of my refusal my friend got the nerve to stand up to the teacher as well and not do the work. People actually, till recently (even though it was a quarter of a year ago), have quietly come up to me to asked me about it and confided in me about their faith or lack of wanting to know more.
I want to know if any of you have similar problems or stories.
p.s. I didn't do the work all that term and just studied why all she was saying was incorrect so I could teach people the truth. My mum was very supportive, she's amazing :)
Your sister in Christ <3