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To combat the “drag queen story hour” being pushed on children, pastors Dale Partridge and Michael Foster are offering pastor’s story hour instead.
Partridge drew 15 to 20 children and their parents to his first library story hour. He is the author of “Jesus and My Gender.”
“I think the kids loved it and a lot of the parents loved it,” he said.
Pastor Foster argues that the existence of drag queen story hours means men need to speak up more about what’s going on.
He is the pastor of East River Church in Batavia, Ohio and author of the book “It’s Good to Be a Man.”
“All Christian men should be out there leading the way,” Foster said. “If we don’t fill the vacuum, who’s going to fill the vacuum? Well, some dude in lingerie, you know, twerking in front of our kids.
“People are looking for leadership, people are looking for wholesome stuff. There’s a lot of opportunities out there that we are just passing by. And there’s some low hanging fruit.”
“It did not take but 5 minutes for me to walk into my library, fill out a form, you know, request a room and then show up a couple of days later and read to about 35 kids. So it’s an opportunity for us to be out there and lead the way,” Foster said.
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Partridge and Foster don’t see their story hours as one-off engagements; rather, they want to do it every month and hope to encourage other pastors around the nation to do the same thing. Partridge hopes thousands of pastors will join in the effort.
While it’s an opportunity to get the gospel to children, “It doesn’t have to be necessarily a Christian book with a gospel message every single time,” Partridge said.
“It can just be an incredible story with a virtuous character that a pastor teaches,” he said.
It’s a way for churches to step outside of their silence, often a result of media influence, according to Partridge.
“Passivity is not working,” he said.
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Partridge then went on to push Christians not to let themselves be demoralized by the never-ending waves of leftism within the media.
“There’s been a very effective demoralization campaign through news, where people feel like they’re embattled and they can’t win,” he said. “As Christians, we should believe that the gates of hell will not prevail. Jesus has sent his church with a mission and equipped the church with the Holy Spirit to get that mission done.”
The ultimate weapon, according to Foster, is the Bible.