The tragedies of the last week have angered, profoundly troubled, and deeply saddened all of us. In times like this, we lament racism as witnessed in the death of George Floyd and acts of violence and destruction we have seen across our country and within our own city, realities which bring our need for a Savior to the forefront of our minds.
God created all, Jesus died for all, and we are all God’s children, made in His image.
We have fallen short of God's intended goodness and Shalom and must stand together against racism, hate, and violence. God commands us to love and look out for each other, especially for the oppressed. How do we respond? How do we act in order to restore what we as fallen people have broken?
As Christians, we seek to restore justice. As a Christian school, Grand Rapids Christian Schools embraces the opportunity to educate students to be seekers of justice as they — as His image bearers — are so very vital to changing the future and impacting the world according to His will.
Grand Rapids Christian Schools stands against racism and joins others across the nation in lifting prayers for healing and comfort at this time of great need.
Below we have compiled a of resources on our. Read them, watch them, share them with your children. Then, take time to talk with your children about how you can respond and work for healing and change.
As a family, please join us in praying for Mr. Floyd’s family, for peace to be restored to our city and cities across the country, and for wisdom for our law enforcement officers and those God has placed in positions of authority.
Our children are watching.
Dear Heavenly Father,
May we love and support each other as Your children, which ties us together as brothers and sisters in Christ. May that strongest of bonds always hold us together. We pray that the unstoppable force of Your love will unite us and bring You honor and glory. May nothing stand in the way from our helping each other, standing up for each other, and loving each other.
By the power of Your Holy Spirit, we ask that we would all see one another the way You see us. May our children be positively, powerfully, and permanently impacted by our example.
We lift up our local communities and those across the country in prayer. We pray for wisdom and direction for those you have placed to lead. May they do so in ways that bring justice and peace.
Lord, You have called us to pray for those who are misguided. We pray that Your love will prevail in their hearts and minds. Guard our hearts from sinful deeds and renew us according to the words of Psalm 19:14: "May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock, and my Redeemer."
Lord, we pray for our nation. Bring healing. Bring unity. Bring righteous change. Bring revival. And may it begin with me. "Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me."
Read books featuring diverse characters and authors. Choose books that acknowledge that all of us are “different” in some way.
Look for narratives that don’t only portray marginalized groups as suffering, in crisis, or being “saved” by outsiders; it’s also important to avoid reading only “hero” narratives about “exceptional” individuals.
Seek out stories of multidimensional characters living complex lives.
Birth of a Movement, based on Dick Lehr's book The Birth of a Movement: How Birth of a Nation Ignited the Battle for Civil Rights, captures the backdrop to this prescient clash between human rights, freedom of speech, and a changing media landscape.
Dolores Huerta is among the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. An equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized.
Ethnic Notions is Marlon Riggs' Emmy-winning documentary that takes viewers on a disturbing voyage through American history, tracing for the first time the deep-rooted stereotypes which have fueled anti-black prejudice
When the son of Civil Rights Hero, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, dives into the 400-year history of institutional racism in America he is confronted with the shocking reality that his family helped start it all from the very beginning.