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Dealing with Confidential Matters

In my thirty-one plus years in education, I have dealt with many different types of discipline issues including those which involve inappropriate student behavior.  In every one of those cases, the administration is tasked with resolving the conflicts, administering the consequences to the parties involved, and ultimately, bringing restoration.  One of the most challenging aspects of handling these conflicts is maintaining confidentiality.  Let me try to explain why that seemingly simple task can be so difficult.

When a student or students get into trouble, the school administration has the responsibility to discipline them. Discipline is very nuanced as it takes into account many elements which may include prior conduct issues, the well-being of the student, the safety of the community, etc. There is much to consider, and often many individuals to consult, before deciding on the appropriate discipline for each student involved. Unfortunately, parents, students and teachers with limited information may begin to talk about the situation with each other and make their own judgments. By definition, this is gossip, and it often harms a person’s character as well as damages the school community. 

Wanting to know more information is a normal response. People are eager to find out details for a variety of reasons. Christians may ask for information “to know how to pray for someone.” But Scripture makes it clear in that God knows what we need and can intercede for us when we do not know how to pray. 

Often teachers and parents want the administration to use these situations as a learning tool, asking for the school to send a general email stating what happened and how the school responded. However, it is the legal responsibility of the school to follow a privacy law called FERPA, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. FERPA was written to give students and parents an assurance that only appropriate material is shared with individuals who need it.   

A further complication comes from social media.  Sometimes, students who are involved in a discipline situation post comments on social media that are not entirely true. They might be motivated to write these posts to “save face.”  Other times, they are deliberately trying to change the narrative to hurt the school, another student, or staff member.  In those cases, it becomes even more difficult to maintain confidentiality because, as administrators, we want to set the record straight.  However, FERPA doesn’t give administrators that privilege.

In summary, schools must maintain the right to privacy and ensure that parents and students can come to them in confidence. Our responsibility is to help those who are hurting and not to satisfy the curiosity of those not involved. Ultimately, our job is to follow the federal law to protect the confidentiality rights of our students and families, and we believe that this is also how Christ would want us to handle these sensitive situations. 

Posted by kriss.hayward on Thursday February 14 at 12:21PM
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A New School Year Message

Dear TKA Families,

School is right around the corner. This week is our staff work week as well as a time for students to pick up their textbooks. The summer is essentially over and, depending on your viewpoint (parents can't wait for school to start while kids want to enjoy a few more weeks of late mornings), that may be either good or bad news.

While you and your family have been enjoying your summer vacation, TKA staff have been very busy preparing for another school year. This past week, we held our new staff orientation, and I am so pleased to announce to you the newest members of TKA's team. We believe God has brought each one of them here to minister to your students, fulfilling the mission of academic excellence and building enduring relationships. In fact, as we hire new staff members, we strive to find individuals who believe in, and have been actively involved in, relational ministry. Here is a link to bios for our new staff and faculty.

This year, we are continuing with our theme of Creating Excellence. Over the summer, we held our first ever "Paint with the Principals," and it was a huge success. Over 40 parents and students helped us to repaint the A, C, and E wings. Along with our facilities crew, who repainted overhangs, the W, many classrooms, and refinished all of the outdoor benches, our campus has never looked better. We finished the week with pizza for all of the volunteers.  I hope many of you will plan to join us for another parent/student/staff workday in the future as we build pride in the wonderful campus God has provided to us. 

Creating Excellence will also be the theme for our Knights Annual Fund campaign this year. God recently blessed us with the installation of 550 new seats in the Cabot Theater. It is going to enhance the experience for our students during chapel and for those attending our visual and performing arts programs. Look for more updates this coming fall on some of our new projects for this year as we continue to improve the quality of the campus. (Mr. Matt Nisbet, our Operations Director, recently sent out an email that listed many of the upgrades to our campus this past summer.)

Our spiritual life theme this year, Authentic Faith, is taken from Hebrews 11. As we study the lives of the heroes of the faith in Hebrews, we realize that authentic faith in Christ does not demand perfection; Christ is our perfection. Authentic faith asks for a wholehearted devotion and determination to follow after Christ.

As we kick off the new school year, please join me in praying for our staff and our students. The Lord has given us a wonderful opportunity to minister to over 940 students and families.  We do not take this responsibility lightly. I hope you enjoy this last week of the summer holidays, but feel free to stop in and see me for a personal tour of all the things God is doing on our campus.

In Him,

Scott Meadows
Head of School

Posted by kriss.hayward on Thursday August 16, 2018 at 09:14AM
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Are Your Children Safe in a Private Christian School?

This past week was a particularly trying week with the loss of 17 student lives at the high school in Parkland, Florida. And with this tragedy, now comes the endless discussions on guns, shootings, the second amendment, and the safety of our schools. I want to take a moment to examine the latter while skipping over the others. The media and politicians can deal with all of the regulations, and we can discuss the truth about whether or not our schools are safe.  You see, when these types of events happen, human nature immediately assumes the worst.  The mainstream media will capitalize on the event because they are all about news cycles. The longer they can prolong our thoughts on the safety of our children, they can continue to cover that story. Simply put, it is good for their business. Putting all of that aside, what is the truth about the safety of your children in a private Christian school?

The truth is that school shootings are not on the riseContrary to what has been published, we have not had 300 school shootings in the last five years. That would mean we would have had 5 shootings each month for the past five years. So where do these numbers come from, and why? One source, Everytown Research Group, has listed every shooting since 2013. If one delves into their research, you will find that many of the shootings listed are suicides and many others are shots fired with no one injured.  Some of those shots fired are just accidents with no intent to harm anyone.  Also, it should be noted that, of those 300 shootings listed, roughly 60% of all fatalities have happened at colleges and universities and not at K-12 schools. It is obvious to the casual observer that the data is displayed in a way as to cause alarm and fear. It is politically motivated.

We have approximately 133,000 elementary and secondary schools in America representing over 51 million students. When you do the math, that means that 0.0000005 percent of students have been murdered at a school. Another study states that students have a 1 in 2,700,000 risk of being shot and killed. (This is far less than the risk of being struck by lighting.) And while the death of any child is heartbreaking, the percentage of risk is hardly high enough to cause alarm. On a side note, none of these shootings listed by Everytown happened at a private Christian school, meaning the risk for serious injury at school is even less at a place like The King’s Academy. 

One last study was put out by CAPE, Council for American Private Education, and gives a student’s perspective on violence at school.

Percentage of students, age 12-18, who in 2011 reported... 

 

Public

Private

Having experienced violent victimization at, or on the way to/from, school

4

2

Seeing hate-related graffiti at, or on the way to/from, school

30

13

Fearing being attacked or harmed at, or on the way to/from, school

4

2

That street gangs were present at, or on the way to/from, school

19

2

That they avoided certain places in school for fear of their own safety

5

2


The facts reveal that your child is extremely safe at The King’s Academy or any other private school in the nation. I am hopeful that this brief look into the statistics of shootings will give you the peace of mind to know that God is in control and that your child is safe. Beyond the statistical analysis, Scripture is clear that we should not give in to fear. 2 Timothy 1:7 says, "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."

As Christians, we know that God is in control. Matthew 10 tells us that "the very hairs of your head are all numbered." And He also tells his disciples that we have more value than the sparrows, so we are not to give into the spirit of fear. Lastly, in Matthew 6, Jesus reminds us of how His heavenly father takes care of the lilies of the field, the birds in the air, and states how much more will He take care of us.

God loves us, and He loves your child.  God loves The King’s Academy and ultimately, He is our Protector. We will continue to be proactive in our lockdown drills, buying the latest equipment for safety, and being prepared for emergencies. But in the end, our hope and our trust is in the Lord. Let’s not give in to the spirit of fear.

In Him,

Scott Meadows
Head of School, The King’s Academy

Posted by kriss.hayward on Wednesday February 21, 2018 at 08:34AM
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The Everlasting Gift

This really is my favorite time of year.  We just had Thanksgiving, the air has turned cooler, the leaves are turning to red and yellow, and Christmas decorations are everywhere.  I absolutely love it.

The other day, as I purchased something from Target, the cashier placed a Christmas catalog into my bag.  When I got home and found it, I was flooded with memories of my own childhood as well as early Christmases with our children.  When I was a child, my parents would let us take a catalog and circle all the things we wanted for Christmas.  My wife and I did the same thing with our four children. Now, we never promised to get them everything they circled, but it was fun to see each year what was most important to them.  In some ways, it has been sad to see our youngest begin to ask for more grown-up items (e.g. a cell phone), knowing she has outgrown the toy phase.

I remember one year that all I really wanted was an electric race car set.  When I got it, I was so excited! I tore open the package, I opened the box, found a spot, and put the track together.  For a good hour, I played with that race track.  And then, I put it away and never put it back together again.  Like so many toys over the years, I thought each one would bring me everlasting joy, but it didn’t.  Fast forward many years later, and as I buy gifts for my own children, it is the same old story: “Dad, just buy me this or that, and it is the last thing I will ever want!”  And then, as each child opens their gifts, history repeats itself.

We all know that possessions only provide limited happiness, but yet, we continue to seek after them.  The only real peace and happiness in this life comes in the form of a person, Jesus Christ.  My hope and prayer this Christmas season is that we remember that special gift that God gave us many years ago.  When God sent His Son down to the earth to be born in a manger that first Christmas, salvation came to all men.  As the angels sang, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will towards men” (Matthew 2:14). 

Of course, you are going to give gifts to your loved ones, and you should. Still, let’s not lose sight of what is most important: the person and work of Jesus Christ. I encourage you to share that gift with those around you this holiday season.

Merry Christmas!

Scott Meadows
Principal, The King’s Academy

Posted by kriss.hayward on Thursday November 30, 2017 at 10:39AM
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13 Reasons Why and Other Media

Normally, I would not write a blog post giving parenting advice to the parents at The King's Academy.  Parents who send their students to Christian schools tend to be the type that keep current on trends, movies, and other media.  However, this particular television series, and its potential impact on teens, has prompted me to write this piece. (Note: Reading reviews is an important step any time you question a book, a movie, an app, a video game - not just for this particular film.)
 
13 Reasons Why is a television series about a teenage girl who is bullied at school, is raped, and eventually commits suicide.  (Currently, it is being shown on Netflix.) All of the topics that are raised by the protagonist in this series are worthy of discussion.  However, that does not mean that I would endorse the show for my own daughter to watch; in fact, I do not endorse it for any TKA students. The following is a list of reasons why I would encourage every parent to think twice before letting their student watch this series:

1. The rating on this series is TV Mature. It involves some very disturbing events including rape and suicide.  The rating by IMDb calls several episodes, "TRIGGERING," INCREDIBLY TRIGGERING," and "EXTREMELY UNCOMFORTABLE: BE PREPARED."
 
2. The themes in this series are very adult in nature.  It is the parent's job to have these discussions with their teens, not a movie. 
 
3.  The series can give the wrong impression on suicide. Suicide is rarely related to one incident in a person's life but rather a culmination of many events.  This film could unintentionally glorify the act of suicide and encourage others to do the same.
 
4.  Students do not need to see a rape in action to know it is wrong, just as they do not need to see a murder to know it is wrong. This series is graphic and shows a prolonged rape scene.
 
Parenting is never easy, and saying "no" to certain videos, video games, movies, and other things your children will ask to do is difficult.  But many times, it is the right thing to do.  I believe this is one of those cases. 
 
I would encourage any parent to read the reviews  (linked here is one for this movie from a good resource, commonsensemedia.org) and preview it first before allowing their teenager to watch.  The topics in this film are worthy of discussion.  In my opinion, parents can have these discussions with their children without having to watch this film.  As the parent, it's your decision. The school cannot dictate morality, but we can inform parents so they are better prepared to have these types of conversations with their students.
 
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.  Philippians 4:8

Posted by kriss.hayward on Monday May 8, 2017 at 09:19PM
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Our Mission is Clear

This past year, we embarked upon The King’s Academy’s first-ever strategic plan. As a part of this process, we commissioned a committee to rewrite the mission statement for the school.  The original mission statement was an entire paragraph that was not easily recited or remembered. The team was instructed to come up with a shorter version that embodied all of the values of the original statement. It was critical that the school kept its identity during the whole process, and therefore, the team members selected were very important. The committee was made up of several long-term employees as well as founding members of the school. The resulting statement, The King's Academy is a Christ-centered school that inspires academic excellence, servant leadership, and enduring relationships, is the new mission statement of The King’s Academy.  

In the past two years, we have seen the school increase our Advanced Placement (AP) offerings from 12 to 16 courses. We also began our one-to-one technology initiative this year, with full implementation expected in 2019-20. Lastly, we have placed an emphasis on adding more STEM classes. However, academics are just one important part of the mission. The last two parts of the mission statement, dealing with servant leadership and enduring relationships, are just as integral to the school, and those components are what I want to focus on in this post.  

In the beginning, The King’s Academy was founded by a group of individuals from Young Life Ministries, and at their core, they believed that building relationships and spiritual development were central to the mission of the school. Over the past year, the administration has taken several steps to ensure that we never stray from the founders’ original vision for The King’s Academy. This past year, we hired a campus pastor, Rob Starke, to replace the position of Spiritual Life Director. This new position has the responsibility for overseeing the spiritual climate of the entire campus. Rob has renewed our focus on God’s word, making it central to all we do, including our chapel services.  

The King’s Academy continues to emphasize our retreats and service trips. During our recent service week, our high school students were sharing the gospel on mission trips, locally and abroad. Students on our signature trip to Tecate, Mexico, built 16 homes, and other students served on the new overseas trips to Belize and Japan. These service trips and the retreats in the fall are so important to both the spiritual development and the relationship-building that the TKA founders believed necessary.

Our commitment to keep our students focused on Christ is just as strong today as it was in the beginning of The King’s Academy. We believe that you can have both strong academics and spiritual development. They are not mutually exclusive, nor should they be. As The King's Academy moves forward, we ask that you continue to pray for our faculty and staff as we seek to follow the mission statement’s three prongs of academic excellence, servant leadership, and enduring relationships.

Posted by kriss.hayward on Sunday April 23, 2017 at 08:15PM
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Fullness of Time

I love Christmas time.  It is quite possibly my favorite holiday of the year, as it is for many around the world. Each year, our family watches a variety of Christmas movies, and last night, we watched one of my favorites, A Christmas StoryA Christmas Story recounts the ordeals of Ralphie Parker during a typical Indiana Christmas in the early 1940’s.  Ralphie desperately wants a Red Ryder B.B. Gun for Christmas.  He uses every opportunity to surreptitiously plant the seeds for this gift in his parents’ minds.  And while the movie has many hilarious moments, my favorite part in the movie is when, after all the gifts are opened, Darren McGavin, or “The Old Man,” surprises Ralphie with one last gift, the Red Ryder Carbine Action 200 shot B.B. gun.  The look on Raphie’s face is priceless, but of even more significance is the look on the face of “the Old Man.”  You see, every parent truly enjoys the feeling that we get when we are able to give our children something that makes them happy, even if only momentarily.  The old saying, “it is more blessed to give than receive,” is absolutely true for parents.  We love our children, and we want to make them happy.  If at all possible, parents try to give their children what they want, provided it is good for them. Our Heavenly Father is no different.

The Bible gives us many earthly symbols so that we can understand the mind of God.  He is called our father, we are called his sons, and our entire relationship with God is symbolic of a family.  Through the blood of Jesus Christ, we are adopted and become joint heirs to His kingdom.  As sons and daughters of the King of Kings, how much more does our heavenly Father want to bless us with good gifts from above. “Every good and perfect gift is from above.” James 1:17.

And while God gives us many good gifts each day, over 2000 years ago, He gave us the best gift of all in Jesus Christ.  Galatians 4:4 says, “But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth His son, made of woman, under the law, To redeem them that are under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.” 

This is what Christmas is all about.  God sent His son to earth, born of a virgin, to one day take on the sins of the world.  And when we accept the gift of Jesus and ask Him to come and live inside our hearts, the Bible says there is rejoicing in heaven.  I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. Luke 15:7 

God, like “the old man” in A Christmas Story, breaks into a smile when we unwrap the gift of Jesus.  Our Father in heaven loves us, and He wants what is best for us.  Best of all, he has given us the most wonderful gift ever, His son, Jesus Christ.

Merry Christmas!

 

Posted by kriss.hayward on Wednesday December 14, 2016 at 10:36AM
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Thanksgiving Day Attitudes

Thanksgiving is almost here, and for many of us, we are so thankful the election is over. Our choices were not that good, and over half of the country is upset with the President-elect, but thank God, we don’t have to hear anymore debates or see anymore election commercials.  There is a sense of relief that it is finally over. However, this does not mean we are finished.  Now comes the part that is probably the most important of all, “prayer”.

You see, many of us want to pray before the election for a specific result. The truth is we have a greater responsibility to pray for the leaders who are elected after the election is over. Romans 13:1 specifically states, “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers.  For there is no power but of God:  the powers that be are ordained of God.”  This is a tough statement to swallow, but there it is in the Scriptures for everyone to see.

After each election, some group sends a picture of the president to principals of schools all across the country.  It is one of those pictures you see hanging up in government buildings.  Many people throw them away, especially if the person elected is not their choice. When the picture of Barack Obama arrived back in 2009, I hung his picture up in my office.  Whenever conservative parents would step into my office, they would remark upon his picture, usually negatively.  They would ask me if I supported him during the election, or ask me how in the world could I hang his picture upon my office wall.  I would quickly remind them that, like it or not, he was the President of the United States.  He was owed my respect as a citizen of this country, and he needed my prayers.  Our responsibility as citizens is to vote, and afterward, it is to support our elected officials.  It does not mean that we cannot disagree with them, but it does mean we should pray for them to have wisdom to make good decisions. 

Let me put it another way. I know some people who want President-elect Trump to fail miserably.  They despise the man so much that they would rather see him make mistakes and put this country into greater debt or, even worse, possibly put the U.S. into a wartime situation.  Their rationale is that they would prefer four years of a bad Trump presidency because they fear, if he succeeds, he will be re-elected in four more years.  Is that really the best thing for the United States?  Rather, let us pray that our new president has wisdom from on high, that he follows Godly principles, and that he appoints good cabinet members.  If he is successful, do we not all succeed?  So when our new president’s picture arrives, it will be posted on my wall.  Not because I agree with his attitudes towards minorities, women, or economic policies, but because now, more than ever, he needs my prayers.

This Thanksgiving, let us be reminded of the good things God has given us in California.  Besides living in the state with the best weather, receiving much needed rainfall this year, and having a good school like The King’s Academy, God has redeemed us through the blood of his only begotten son, Jesus Christ.

Speaking of good things, I also wanted to share the latest report card for The King's Academy from a national ranking system called Niche. The King’s Academy is ranked as the 8th best Christian school in the state, ranking several spots higher than Valley Christian.  The rankings are based upon our average SAT/ACT test score, college placements, and parent satisfaction.

Thank you for partnering with us in the education of your children.

Posted by kriss.hayward on Wednesday November 16, 2016 at 11:55AM
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The Day After

This summer, my wife and our family traveled to England to visit relatives. Having been involved in politics in the United States, this was a new experience to witness British politics up close. All of the polling data leading up to the referendum indicated that Great Britain would remain in the European Union.  On the night of June 23, as the votes were tallied, we went to bed believing the polls. However, when morning came, we awoke to a new era in England.  Those in favor of leaving the EU were able to mount a stunning victory, garnering 52% of the vote. People in London were shocked.  How could this happen, they asked?  The British pound dropped almost 10% the next day. And for the next few weeks of our vacation, I had to listen to the moaning of Britons about what might have been, and the gloom and doom predictions of the opposition party.  Months later, we can see that all of the predictions were wrong.  England still remains a key player in Europe.  We are facing a very similar scenario here at home next week.
 
Years ago, I lived in Knoxville, TN.  Living in a college town in the Southeastern Conference is like no other experience, when it comes to football.  Everyone, and I mean everyone, wore orange-colored shirts on Saturday game days to show support for the University of Tennessee.  If you wore any other color, people knew you were an outsider.  People take their football very seriously in the SEC.  Upon entering any church on a Sunday following a game day, you could tell who won the game.  If the Tennessee Volunteers won, everyone was happy.  If they lost, the music resembled that of a dirge, and the service rivaled a funeral.  Life was over, at least until the next weekend.  I am afraid that the morning of November 9 will be very much like those fall Sundays in Knoxville.  Half of the nation will be in mourning, and the other half will celebrate the victory of their candidate.  As Christians, I think it is very important that we model the proper response to our families, neighbors, and our children.  Our response to such an important event will speak volumes to those who are watching us. 
 
Just as in Knoxville or in England, life will go on after the election.  Here are four things that I think we need to focus upon in the next ten days:
 

1.  God is in control.  He will not be surprised by the outcome of the election.  For those who believe in the sovereignty of God, do you not believe that our steps are still ordered by the Lord?  Our reaction should reflect this belief. 

2.  God can use a wicked king.  He used many wicked kings in Biblical times to bring about His bidding.  Nehemiah was helped in the rebuilding of the wall by the wicked king Artaxerxes. Esther was helped by an ungodly king,  Ahasuerus, when a plot was hatched to kill the children of Israel. If God is in control, whichever candidate is elected, and both choices are bad, God can use them for His purposes.

3.  Don’t define people around you by whom they vote for.  This election has been/is divisive.  We need to fight the “us vs. them” mentality.  We all want a great America, but some of us differ on what that looks like. 

4.  Things are not always what they seem.  I remember vividly when Sandra Day O’Connor was nominated for the Supreme Court.  She was Ronald Reagan’s pick, and therefore, she must be conservative.  In the end, she voted with the liberal wing far more often than the conservative wing of SCOTUS.  George H.W. Bush appointed David Souter, another supposed conservative, who ended up joining forces with the liberal justices more often than naught.  And lastly, George Bush picked John Roberts to be our Chief Justice, and he did not vote to overturn Obamacare.  Conservative presidents do not always pick conservative justices, and conservative justices do not always vote conservatively.

This election will test our Christianity.  Will we spew hate towards those who vote opposite our opinion?  Will we refuse to acknowledge the winner?  Will we set an example to our children that we will regret?  We are being watched.  Let’s all show the world that we have faith in our God, that He can use whomever is elected for His purposes, and that He is in control. 

Posted by kriss.hayward on Monday October 31, 2016 at 06:58PM
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The Courage to Stand for Freedom and Christ

What started as a single protest by Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers has moved from the NFL to college football, and now into the high school arena.  On Friday night, our students and fans got to see first-hand some of the protests that are popping up all over the country.  In fact, Colin made his way to the sidelines of Kellogg Field at The King’s Academy and participated with the Castlemont team protest during the playing of the national anthem. Team members from the Knights of Castlemont High School in Oakland, CA, decided to lay down on the sidelines of the field with their arms raised, simulating being shot while surrendering to police.  Prior to the game, I had sent an email to our staff giving them a “heads up” that something might happen at the game.  This was not the first protest by Castlemont High. I was very proud of the way our fans and team responded to the protest, so I have decided that I would share some of my thoughts on how Christians should be acting during these strangest of times.

My first reaction to these protests has been, and always will be, that all Americans have a right to peacefully protest.  It is one of the fundamental rights we have as citizens in this great country.  Voicing one’s opinion, no matter how misguided, is protected by the first amendment to the constitution.  However, actions have consequences and every athlete who makes a decision to protest will have to face the potential backlash from sponsors, fans, and first responders.  With that said, I personally believe these protests that are staged at athletic competitions to be offensive to many, inappropriate for the situation, and lastly, very ineffective.

The protest of not standing at attention to the flag while the Star-Spangled Banner is being played at any competition seems out of place for the purpose of protesting officer misconduct.  Don’t get me wrong; we do have injustices in our legal system.  There have been some disturbing situations that raise legitimate concerns for minorities, including questionable shootings by police officers.  However, the vast majority of officers are wonderful people who put themselves in harm’s way daily to protect and serve everyone.  However, not honoring the United States flag sends the wrong message.  Our flag represents all that is good in our country.  It represents the many lives of our military personnel, including African Americans, who have sacrificed to give us the very freedom to protest.  

In the Civil War of the United States, the flag was carried into every battle and became the symbol of liberty for people of all races. It stood for ending slavery.  The slaves in the Union armies were given their freedom, and they joined the conflict.  Over 179,000 black troops served in the Union armies, and another 40,000 in the navy.  Many of these soldiers are buried in sections 27 and 23 at Arlington National Cemetery. 

While I firmly believe these protests at football games are inappropriate and ineffective, how should we as Christians respond?  Should we yell hateful words towards our neighbors?  Should we join in the protests to show solidarity? Our young people are watching how the adults respond. If we follow the Biblical model, and we should, then we would do as Jesus commands and love our neighbor as ourselves.  We would not shout unseemly things toward those who do not see things the same way.  Our goal should be to model Christ to the lost world. We should stand proudly during our national anthem in respect to our flag, understanding it is also the flag of those protesting.  Although their protest is disgraceful to those of us who have lost loved ones during a military conflict, will our actions be a reproach to the name of Christ?  If we honor the flag, isn’t that all that Christ commands?  Does the Bible not say, “so then everyone of us will give an account of himself before God”?  Nothing else matters except that we must act right before Him. 

This weekend, my wife and I went to watch the movie Sully.  The movie was based upon the real life story of Captain Chesley Sullenberger III who successfully landed his Airbus A320 on the Hudson River saving the lives of all 155 on board.  When Sully was praised for his daring landing, he was quick to point to the work of the emergency responders, his crew, and the police officers who jumped into the river, risking their own lives to save the lives of others.  As I watched these brave men and women jump into the freezing waters of the Hudson to help strangers, people they didn’t know, I was reminded of the first responders who went into the twin towers during 9-11.  It makes me very proud of our policemen, firefighters, and emergency medical personnel who every day go out and serves the people of this great country.  Our nation is not perfect.  There are injustices.  Discrimination against certain races has and does exist.  We need to fight to end racial inequality, but do it in a way that reflects Christ’s love.

At the game this past weekend, one lone player from Castlemont walked away from his team towards the flag.  He stood at attention and saluted the flag.   That took real courage.  May we all have the courage of this young man as we stand for Christ.

Posted by kriss.hayward on Friday September 30, 2016 at 10:02AM
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