Response to Racism

In light of the events surrounding the tragedy in Minneapolis, may it be known that Schaumburg Christian School stands unashamedly upon the authority of the Scripture, that each and every human being is a descendant of one man—the historical Adam (Genesis 1-2). As Acts 17:26 states, it is from one blood that God has populated the earth with people who are all created in His image.

Therefore, we stand against any and all forms of racism and prejudice by striving to love our neighbor as ourselves. By God’s grace and in God’s name, we will seek to obey the divine call of Micah 6:8, “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”

Our hearts break over what has happened in Minneapolis. We need to pray for our nation, for its citizens, and for the church, that the gospel of Jesus Christ, the gospel of peace would take root in hearts of hate and transform them into hearts of love.

To the past and present students, faculty, and staff of color at Schaumburg Christian School, we acknowledge the pain of injustices committed against you or your communities. We value you and commit to be an administration who listens, promotes understanding and learning, and makes strides to improve.

The following prayer, a prayer we should have in our heart, was written by an African American pastor in St. Louis who is a friend of our school’s president, Ken Fields:

“Our Sovereign and gracious God, in the words of Nehemiah 1:6, ‘Let your ear be attentive and your eyes open, to hear the prayer of your servant that I now pray before day and night for the people of Israel your servants.’

Lord, may we never forget or attempt to whitewash the sins of the past. Please continue to put an end to those sins and their effects.

May we not be party to or pass on patterns of hatred. And where those patterns do exist, please break these sinful cycles. Lead this and future generations into righteousness. Give us wisdom on how to move forward for the glory of your Name in truth, justice, equity, peace, respect, and love. May we truly see every person as a bearer of your image.

God, may we glorify You by reflecting Your values among Your people. Let the truth of Your Word be the standard by which we measure right and wrong, and may it be the standard by which we accept people, regardless of skin color, class or culture.

Heavenly Father, please make us merciful to the hurts and concerns of people from all ethnicities. Pour out your Spirit to guide us. May we seek genuine friendships with those who are different from us, just as your Holy, sinless Son did with us.

Lord, give us the strength to strive for oneness, not sameness. Enable us to see that the mystery of the gospel involves you uniting all believers from all ethnicities together in Christ—and so all are valuable in your sight.

Lord, work in us and through us so that Sunday morning worship in America would not be the most segregated time of the week. May we truly become a priesthood of believers from every tribe and people and nation.

We ask these things in hope and in faith in the name which is above every name, the Name Jesus Christ, the King of kings and the Lord of lords, the True Peacemaker. AMEN!”