Apparently chivalry is now an attribute of the divine nature.
These ideas are nonsense. God has not abandoned schools, nor does it make any sense to characterize him as someone who sits on the front porch sipping mint juleps and tipping his hat when a lady walks by. There are many descriptors that can be applied to God’s’ character, but “gentleman” is definitely not one of them. A quick look at Jesus’ life reveals that he had little interest in gentlemanly behavior. Indeed the one thing that can be said about Jesus is that he purposely chose NOT to conform to the standard of propriety of his day, nor did he value superficial courtesy for its own sake (which is the underlying definition of ‘gentleman’). Jesus overturned tables in the Temple and excoriated religious leaders as venomous snakes on a regular basis, things a gentleman would never do.
While it might feel tingly to imagine God as a chivalrous but deferential consort who wouldn’t think of intruding where he isn’t wanted, such an idea fails to correspond with an omnipotent, omnipresent deity “who works all things after the counsel of his own will”.
Religious rhetoric that intends the phrase “we’ve kicked God out of our public school system “ to mean that we have defined and limited what God can and cannot do and where he may or may not go is a gross misrepresentation of the concept of human free will. We may decide what we will do, individually and collectively, but we have no authority or power whatsoever to determine what God may do, or how or when he chooses to manifest his presence. God does not abandon or desert public schools simply because a legal opinion requires that he do so.
God is not constrained by human laws nor does he disregard or forsake his sovereignty. It is not enough to say that God has the “right” to govern all things according to his own will but is prevented from doing so by human conventions. If he is God, then it is necessarily the case that he does, in fact, govern all things always and without exception. God is not merely sovereign in principle but is sovereign in practice.
As regards matters of practical sovereignty, God exercises what has come to be called providence, which is his continual upholding, sustaining and caring for all that exists. God’s providential care is unaffected by the whims of human contrivance; he need not seek our permission or obtain our consent. And, in fact, public school presents endless opportunities for providence to work.