For Parents …

Dear Parent,

Welcome to Focus on the Family’s Day of Dialogue™ website. The Day of Dialogue is designed to equip and support Christian students who are looking for a compassionate and loving way to share the hope of God’s truth with classmates in their school.

As repeatedly stated on this website, the heart of this event is to express the model presented by Jesus Christ in the Bible—who didn’t back away from speaking truth, but neither held back in pouring out His compassionate love for hurting and vulnerable people and defending those people from harm.

The bad news is that the need for God’s hope has never been greater—especially in our public schools, many of which have increasingly delved into promoting controversial sexual topics to students, such as homosexuality, transgenderism and gay marriage. All too often, this occurs in a way that is extremely disrespectful of parental rights and students’ religious freedoms. Many times it creates a pressure-cooker situation for Christian students since this promotion often occurs without parental knowledge or permission—and only one point of view is allowed, while others are disparaged.

But the good news is that when darkness increases, it creates an opportunity for the light of God’s love to shine even brighter. The hope of the Gospel has never failed in these situations. So thankfully, we still live in a nation that allows free speech and religious freedom. That’s why it’s so important that we encourage our students that they have nothing to be ashamed of in expressing their deeply held religious convictions in a way that is peaceful and respectful of authority. And that they can have confidence and boldness in sharing their beliefs about God’s redemptive plan for humanity.

I Timothy 4:12 says, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.” And that’s what this website seeks to equip students to do.

As a parent, you should know that on this site we have actively encouraged students to involve you in their plans to participate in the Day of Dialogue. If for any reason, you as a parent have concerns, we have made it clear to students that they should respect and honor those concerns. We have also made it clear that this event is designed for high school age and above.

Parental support for student participants in the Day of Dialogue will be absolutely key—since it does require great courage in this culture of spiritual relativism to acknowledge the existence of redemptive truth. So we hope you will surround your student participant with prayer, exhortation and your guidance as they participate in the Day of Dialogue on April 18, 2011.