Reminders from Dr. King
At Cascade Christian Junior High, we recognize that Academic Excellence takes place throughout our day in a variety of circumstances. From chapel, to assemblies, to advisory, our students are challenged academically because we believe that all things are curricular.
This week, we had the opportunity to hear from Erin Jones at our assembly honoring the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Erin is a former classroom teacher, award-winning educator and speaker, and former candidate for State Superintendent. She is passionate about education, but even more passionate about creating a culture where students can thrive, be compassionate, and strive to be citizens that seek reconciliation. She challenged us to engage in our education, pursue opportunities, serve others, and treat others with kindness and compassion.
As we commemorate the late Dr. King’s birthday, I believe some of his keen insights into Christian theology and American culture are more important today than ever for our church, our Christian schools, and for our nation. I invite you to celebrate MLK Day as an important Christian holiday.
Dr. King reminds us that all people matter because we are all created in the image of God. King affirmed Genesis 1:27 and acknowledged the extent of God’s love expressed in John 3:16. In the Gospels, Jesus consistently demonstrates his love for people with a compassion for the socially marginalized. If we are going to follow Jesus’ lead here, we need to treat all people with respect because God values all people as His creation – and “the sinner” most of all (Luke 5:31-32; 19:10). As Christians, we share Dr. King’s belief that the Triune God revealed to us in the Bible is our creator and we celebrate the dignity that He bestows on each of us as His creation.
Dr. King reminds us that God is opposed to oppressive people and oppressive forces. The Bible consistently presents God as being present in the suffering of His people and working to liberate them. Leviticus 6:1-7 warns us not to oppress others. Exodus 2:23-25 reminds us that God hears the cries of the oppressed and that He responds on their behalf. Jesus heard our cries as sinners and His death atones our human sin. We are living in the Kingdom of God, where we can be free from sin (2 Corinthians 3:17; Galatians 5:13-15). And when we are free from sin, we are free to love one another, and oppression is unnecessary. As Christians, we celebrate Dr. King’s reminder that Jesus Christ is the great Liberator from sin and oppression in our lives.
- Dr. King reminds us that the Christian life is marked by action. Today, we live as citizens in the Kingdom of God. Jesus Christ is our King. He calls us to live missionally as His hands and His feet and to extend His ministry into our communities. We need to oppose the forces that marginalize people. As Christians, we celebrate and champion Dr. King’s Biblically-based, win-win approach to finding solutions that promote caring for our communities, racial reconciliation, and shalom.
May God grant us the wisdom and compassion to be bridge builders now and into the future.