Moriah Bridges, a high school graduating senior whose faith is a driving force behind everything she does, was given a chance to deliver a speech on her graduation day. To her surprise, the school tried to force her to leave out any religious content from her speech. According to the school officials, such action is unlawful to their school.
Moriah Bridges: Woman of God
Moriah stood by her belief and desire to give God all the glory for her educational success. She wanted to credit Him for everything in her life and for guiding her into becoming the woman she is today. She planned to encourage her graduating class through prayer and offer thanksgiving to God.
Moriah prepared this prayer: “Make us selfless. Make us just. Make us successful people, but more than that, make us good people. Lord, surround us with grace and favor everywhere we go. Soften our hearts to teach us love and compassion, to show mercy and grace to others the way that you showed mercy and grace to us, even to the ultimate sacrifice. Help us love our brothers and our sisters deeply. Lead us to bless them.”
But to her surprise, the school banned her from including any form of religious beliefs in her graduation speech.
“I was shocked that the school said my personal remarks broke the law and I was saddened that I could not draw upon my Christian identity to express my best wishes for my classmates on what should’ve been the happiest day of high school,” she said.
Despite the opposition, Moriah remained firm in her faith, determined not to be silenced for her beliefs and The First Liberty Institute, a nonprofit law firm committed to protecting religious freedoms, extended a helping hand by taking on her case.
The speech delivered
Moriah prepared an encouraging word that had all signs pointing to Jesus, it may not have been the original prayer but she still urges her classmates to have a grateful heart for the immeasurable blessings they have received.
Moriah thanked her teachers, parents, mentors, and family for the role they served during her high school days.
“I hope that we’re surrounded with grace and favor everywhere we go. Let our hearts be soft to show true love and compassion, to show mercy and grace to others the way that mercy and grace were shown to us—even to the ultimate sacrifice. Let us love our brothers and our sisters deeply. Let us be a blessing to them. Let us be selfless. Let us be righteous. Let us be successful people. But more than that, let us be good people. I’ve always been a rule follower. When they said not to chew gum, I didn’t chew gum. When they said not to use your cellphone, I didn’t use my cellphone. But today, in the spirit of defying expectations, and for perhaps the last time at this podium, I say in the righteous name of Jesus Christ, Amen.”
Source: Faith It