Micah 6:8 is the theme verse for Cornerstone Prep's high school IMPACT program. This passage has been very much on my mind as the events of the past several weeks have unfolded. The terrible deaths of Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd have pierced my heart and the recent protests have once again brought to the forefront the injustices that are very real for members of our community and nation. This is not a time to be unaware or silent, for silence can often be seen as assent. Rather, as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. states:
"Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think."
At Cornerstone Prep, our focus is to view everything through the lens of scripture. We encourage each family to engage in thoughtful dialogue on the topic of civil rights and the value of every person, looking to Jesus Christ who, through His earthly ministry, His death, burial, and resurrection made us one with Him. Romans 2:11, For there is no partiality with God.
Your Cornerstone staff is quick to confess that, for the most part, we do not have full understanding of the experiences and systemic oppression of our brothers and sisters of color. Please know that we care, we are seeking wisdom and understanding, and that our sincere desire is that Cornerstone Prep be a safe place where we acknowledge and celebrate the racial and cultural backgrounds represented in our school family and broader community, and that we seek unity even in our diversity. This has been an ongoing discussion and focus for the staff over the past several years. In addition to what our own Cornerstone families share with us, another resource for us is the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). ACSI places a high priority on race-related issues facing our schools and provides training and resources. We continue to learn from those who are equipped to inform and equip from a biblical perspective.
Father, as we seek Your perfect wisdom, give us eyes to see, ears to listen, and hearts to pursue understanding. In Your name, give us courage to stand for justice and mercy for our brothers and sisters, as we acknowledge your preeminence and humbly kneel before You.