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More than five hours. That’s how long the school board meeting was in Ames on Monday night.

The meeting started at 6:30 p.m. and ended at 11:54 p.m.

Two big topics were discussed – returning to learn amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and hosting a Black Lives Matter Week of Activity at school.

I was focused on the BLM week.

It cannot be stressed enough that the activities of that week are not just an expression of the fact that black lives matter. We all agree black lives matter – well, almost all of us…last time I checked Planned Parenthood is still accepting donations for black abortions only.

As much as it triggers those on the Left, all lives matter. And none matter more than any other.

There’s a commandment about it – thou shalt not murder.

But the value of black lives in America is not the sole focus of the week’s activities planned for Feb. 1-5. No, the week also includes a full day of trans-affirming and queer-affirming messaging.

These are not morally neutral ideas.

For many, these are conversations and positions that carry with them eternal consequences.

So as I listened to the conversation on Monday night, I felt it put on my heart that there is a very specific message that needs to be declared in the midst of this attempted indoctrination.

Dads in the Ames district, you need to step up and lead right here, right now.

Where are the fathers?

A few of them spoke out against the planned attack on the biblical family unit, but not nearly enough.

Why not?

Men, we have abandoned our place as leaders of the family for far too long. But make no mistake, God expects fathers to lead. He commands it.

He tasked fathers with the responsibility of being the head of the family.

You, as a dad, have the highest authority in the home. It is a huge responsibility.

If you are a father in the Ames district and your kids attend one of these public schools, the district is making your job infinitely more difficult.

Nobody has more of a responsibility of teaching your children about God, Christ and the Bible than you, dad.

And now, the school is planning to teach your preschooler what the words transgender and nonbinary mean.

The school is going to tell your sons and daughters that everyone has the right to choose what gender they are based on how they feel – that they can be a boy, a girl, both, neither or the mysterious something else option.

The school is going to tell them white people hate protests. It’s going to teach them the principles of the Black Panthers.

It is going to pollute your children’s minds.

What are you going to do about it?

This is an attack at the boundaries of society.

And I know. Most men prefer to just ignore this stuff, work, watch sports, enjoy a good meal go to bed and wake up to do it all over again.

But the reality is comfort is no longer an option.

The Ames district is poisoning your children with ideas that are not morally neutral and will confuse them when it comes to basic biology and, more importantly, God’s created order.

It is incumbent upon you to do something about this.

You have a few options:

  1. Get your kids out of the public schools in Ames.
  2. Demand to see what will be presented in class that week or those specific days you are concerned about.
  3. Attend school with your child that day to see how the information is presented.
  4. Have your child record the lesson with an audio device.
  5. Keep your kids home that day, or that entire week.

Look, some of those options only prolong the inevitable. Keeping kids home isn’t going to change the damage done to every other kid in the class and things like this establish a culture within a school, within a class and within a district.

These issues of basic human sexuality and family values are being attacked more often than you likely realize by the people you are trusting to educate your children.

What are you going to do about it?

It may seem hard. It may seem unpopular. It may seem unnecessary.

But it is your God-given purpose and responsibility.

Dad, you are tasked with protecting your children and their hearts, minds and souls.

You are the ultimate authority in their life.

What you do and don’t do at this moment is crucial not only to your own personal journey but more importantly to your son’s journey or your daughter’s journey.

Now, what are you going to do about it?

Author: Jacob Hall