Megan and Mandy Chapman
Megan and Mandy Chapman, twin sisters from Russel County, Kentucky had to make a difficult decision on graduation day. Megan had been selected to conduct a prayer during her graduation ceremony but when Friday morning came around, a federal judge issued an order barring Russell County High School and Megan from conducting prayer during commencement amid the filing of a federal lawsuit by the ACLU. Megan wrestled with her decision: defend her faith or take on a federal law suit? You can imagine how difficult of a choice this would be on graduation day. She was later contacted by the Liberty Counsel, an organization devoted to protecting religious freedom three hours before the ceremony. She was told by the founder and chairman that God can turn apparent adversity into great opportunity when we’re willing to trust and obey Him. Hours later, more than 3,000 people packed into the gymnasium for graduation. When the principal finished his closing remarks, the senior class proudly stood up together and recited the Lord’s Prayer. Her sister, Mandy had rallied the class together and they weren’t going to let the ACLU win. At the time, Megan was prepared to read The Road Less Traveled but when the audience stood as one to say the Lord’s Prayer, she had a profound faith moment. She asked God to give her a message. She put aside what she had written, spoke from her heart and shared how God had led her. She hoped her classmates would find a similar peace through a relationship with Jesus Christ. A Louisville Courier-Journal reporter described the evening having “revival-like atmosphere”. What the ACLU tried to silence, sparked a collective voice of faith. These sisters are great examples of what it looks like to take a stand for Christ.