Principal’s Perspective: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Chapel
The Bible is filled with the stories of people who lived by faith and obedience to God while suffering. For thousands of years, the world’s philosophy has believed human life is good for only exploitation. Fortunately, Jesus Christ introduced a new moral philosophy that taught, through Him, there was no distinction between male or female, Jew or Greek, black or white; instead we are all one in Christ. It was a revolutionary concept to love and embrace all of God’s children and enjoy the different gifts that God placed in each of us.
Evil has thrown down the gauntlet to oppose God’s plan to redeem all mankind. We must prepare ourselves and our children to resist the temptation and deception of this world. Jesus warned His followers that since evil men will harm Him, we should be prepared to face suffering too.
In the Bible, James writes in his first chapter, that we should count it pure joy when we go through trials and sufferings, since with Christ the experience will develop perseverance and maturity within us. The lessons of the past and God’s word must prepare our children for their future.
Throughout history, we have seen God raise up men and women to proclaim His truth to “set the captive free.” Our country has often governed itself by God’s moral truths, but there were times when we have failed God miserably. Thank the Lord for people of faith like George Washington, Abe Lincoln, William Wilberforce, Frederick Douglas and Martin Luther King, Jr. who would proclaim God’s truth to the world. The Lord has always worked through His people to carry out His will. We can learn from Dr. King’s legacy, as he lived his life in dedication to the Spirit of Christ, to set people free from deception and hatred. What an opportunity to remind our children of the sacrifice that men and women of faith have made to ensure God’s will be done on the earth.
On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we will hold a chapel to express our gratitude to our Father God for saving us from the works of darkness. Dr. King’s holiday reminds every person that it is our shared common struggle against sin and a commitment to embrace all of God’s children as our own family. We will share with our students how God used the faith of Dr. King, and many others, to bring God’s light to our struggling nation. Our Christian founders knew a nation’s freedom was rooted in God’s truth that if His people will humble themselves and pray and turn from their wicked ways, He will forgive their sin and will heal their land (2 Chronicles 7:14).
Northville Christian School remains open on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to respect the sacrifice that Dr. King offered to make his dream possible, that “little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.” We do not believe Dr. King’s sacrifice was for children to remain at home to play.
We support families who wish to attend a community event remembering Dr. King, but since many parents must work on this day, we will remain open to honor his memory.