Racism and the Kingdom of God
A reflection for the MTR family on recent national events written by David Montague, Executive Director.
There are, at times, events outside of MTR that are so visibly egregious and offensive that they inform and impact our lives and the lives of our students in disturbing ways. Seemingly, they often involve issues of racial injustice, both historical and current. The tragic scene in Charlottesville, VA this weekend is such a time.
I’d like to offer three thoughts both for the sake of organizational vision and, possibly, for your encouragement.
1. To our staff, residents and teachers of color, I’m deeply sorry for and condemn all hatred and violence born of racism and bigotry.
The events this weekend were initiated by members of the “alt-right” as they protested the sale and removal of a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee from Lee Park in Charlottesville, VA. In response, “counter-protesters” assembled in support of the removal. The resulting violence between these two groups ended in the death of three persons (one counter-protester and two police officers) and the hospitalization of another twenty persons.
I believe acts of violence are ultimately born of fear. And fear is ultimately born within the person who cannot adequately answer the questions “who am I?” and “what am I here for?” The one who does not have a personal relationship with God or does not see their purpose under the will of God will consistently look to create a personal identity within man-made issues that often both divide and consistently war with one another. Such is racism and the alt-right. Racism, bigotry and violence are a massive display of fear and weakness, not of strength.
2. The Kingdom of God is the anti-alt-right.
The alt-right promotes white supremacy, segregation, and a destruction of individual dignity and peace through power, oppression and violence. Its end is destruction. It is from hell and I hate all for which it stands.
The Kingdom of God promotes salvation, justice, mercy, individual dignity and peace through the saving grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. Its end is life and I commend it to all for thoughtful consideration as this Kingdom will prevail and rule forever and ever.
3. There is only one legitimate Supremacist…
A supremacist is an advocate for the supremacy of a particular person or group. A supremacist that advocates for the supremacy of any person or group other than for supremacy of the one, true living God is a liar. To place any idea, item, or person to a position above God is idolatry. God, alone, is Supreme.
Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power
and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,
for everything in heaven and earth is yours.
Yours, Lord, is the kingdom;
you are exalted as head over all.
Wealth and honor come from you;
you are the ruler of all things.
In your hands are strength and power
to exalt and give strength to all.
-1 Chronicles 29:11-12
It is my hope and prayer that MTR will be a place where…
a. God is honored above all;
b. as children of God, we will rightly pursue an MTR community living with dignity and in peace; and,
c. we will offer all of our students Christian love expressed in equal education as a display of the love of God and the reality of His Kingdom.
God bless you all,