Welcome Back and a first-time welcome to all of our new families!!!! This new webpage format of Between the Lions will now be sent out weekly and be available on our webpage (www.ashevillechristian.org) and our ACA App (available in the App Store). New updates will be added every two weeks.

You will note that the drop-down menu will be populated with the most current updates for each school and co-curricular activity.

The events in our country and world over the last few weeks (and decades!) provoke lots of questions for us. As Christians (and humans), we cannot avoid the culture. Instead, we ought to be about the business of observing, thinking about and speaking into the culture. We are called to live redemptively in this world.

Our new Head of Upper School, Wade Tapp, takes the lead article for the start of school. Everyone, please read this as it will not only give you much to think about, but it will give you much to talk to your child(ren) about. This is what our community of grace is all about.

Dear ACA Community Member,

Look with me at the story of Jonah being called to Nineveh. Read the parable of the good Samaritan. Take in the glorious vision from Revelation 7 with people “from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne of God and before the Lamb.” See the Son of God’s willingness to take the sins of the entire world upon Himself. The Bible stands in clear, unabashed opposition to racism and bigotry of any sort. If you’ve read or watched the news surrounding the events of this past weekend in Charlottesville, VA, then you were no doubt dismayed and disgusted by what you saw. Many of us live in a world that is insulated, in whole or in part, from extremist displays like this. However, seeing it before our eyes leaves us wondering how we should respond. Christine Hoover, author of From Good to Grace and a Charlottesville resident, states,

We should not be shocked by last weekend. If we are shocked, we haven’t been paying attention. If we are shocked, we don’t know the depths of sin in this world. We shouldn’t be shocked, but we should be grieved. Grieved enough to lose our apathy and be a part of God’s healing in our nation.[1]

Hoover is right. If we as a school community desire to “shepherd and inspire Christ-oriented lives” among our students, then we should realize that Jesus was never surprised by humanity’s sin, and we have a responsibility to respond as He would and move toward the darkness in order to help change it. This year’s school verse is Matthew 5:13-16[2], and the implications of letting “our light shine before others” are weighty and significant in light of these recent events. What are we doing to combat racism, advocate for the downtrodden, and bring shalom?

Our students have very authentic, deep-seated questions about these issues, and how we engage with them will have real implications in their lives. Tim Keller in “Race, Gospel and the Moment[3]” notes three correct responses when faced with crucial times such as this. First, we should condemn evil without using it to leverage for our own particular ideologies. Second, we should look at the Bible to formulate our responses. And third, we should “speak up about the biblical teaching on racism—not just now, but routinely. We need to make those in our circles impervious to [fascist movements’] toxic teaching.”

The riots in Charlotte last year and the extremist demonstrations in Charlottesville this year are part of a larger narrative in the United States that spans all the years since our country was founded. It is messy and ugly, but I cannot think of a greater privilege as a school than to work alongside parents in helping students to become thoughtful analysts of our culture who bring the gospel to bear in all areas of life.

If you are seeking resources to assist you in engaging with your son or daughter about this issue, I encourage you to consider some of the following resources:

 

 

 

 

Sincerely,

Wade Tapp
Head of Upper School
Asheville Christian Academy

[1] https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/what-now-in-charlottesville

[2] https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%205:13-16

[3] https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/race-the-gospel-and-the-moment

Leave a Reply