This week you may have seen students at your high school or college campus praying around the flagpole. They weren't alone -- this week was the 22nd annual See You At the Pole, a day of prayer recognized on the fourth Wednesday of September every year. It's a time when students gather together to pray for the upcoming school year, for their teachers and for fellow students. These events are often followed by a rally or concert at a local church to keep the momentum of the event going and to reach out to local schools and to the community.
I'm honestly kind of surprised that, with all of the years of debate over prayer in schools, that See You At the Pole has managed to survive. I remember when I was in high school we faced a lot of criticism and questioning from school authorities over whether or not we were allowed to do it. In the end, they decided that we were all choosing to pray on our own and that, since the school was not involved in the decision to pray at the flagpole, they had no reason to stop it. That didn't stop some parents from getting angry at our school for not stopping us, saying that by allowing us to continue they were saying they condoned the action, but at least we were able to do it every year.
Despite the obvious problems See You At the Pole faces each year from schools, authorities and parents who all disagree on the subject, it's really refreshing to see that, each year, there are always students who want to stand up and pray for their schools. It's not always easy to be a Christian in high school -- it's not easy to be anyone in high school, really, and setting yourself out there as a Christian can just make it more difficult. But I'm glad to have seen the students at the high schools where I live gathering around the flagpole to pray, unafraid of what others might think. I hope you saw the same thing in your towns, too.Have you ever participated in See You At the Pole? Did you participate in See You At the Pole events this week? What do you think of it?