Thursday, October 5, 2017

Racial reconciliation

Over the last several weeks and months, there has been an increased focus on the racial injustice that is so often seen in our country. With this focus, there have come protest from people seeking to shed light on the festering wounds of race relations in our country that have ranged from Ferguson to Charleston to Charlottesville to our own city of Charlotte.

Many seek to demonstrate their allegiance to flags, cultures, and identities which stand below an allegiance to our Lord. As a school, Hickory Grove Christian School seeks to push forward the belief that our allegiance is to a holy God who seeks to redeem and reconcile unbelievers to himself.

As believers, we seek to use the instruments of God, such as prayer and worship, over the devices of man to bring about harmony and to work toward an end to the racial injustice in our world by using Godly means. As Dr. Martin Luther King stated, “cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.” I contend that the real check that gives us freedom relies on a faithful relationship with our Lord.

Philippians 2:1-11 says, “So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a  servant,  being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”