It is difficult for me to turn a blind eye toward the events that took place at the Capitol in Washington D.C. yesterday. Watching the images on the news made me feel like I was watching something happening in another place. This certainly could not be America?
How did we get here? How have we lost our sense of decorum? How have we lost our sense of civility?
Watching the news and seeing the protesting, the confusion, and the chaos, and the utter disregard for order was frightening and disturbing.
I want this generation of children to live in a country that is peaceful. I want this generation of children to witness the adults around them settling their differences in a respectable manner, that supports civil discourse, and meaningful rhetoric.
How I give thanks to God for NSCS and our devoted teachers who work very hard to engage our students in meaningful ways, as they challenge students to resolve differences with their classmates, share ideas and opinions with others that may be different, and live out their convictions – all in a winsome and civil manner. Through Socratic dialogue and debates, our students are learning how to use rhetoric, be it in speech or writing, to draw people in, and invite others to participate in acknowledging the similarities we share and the good work that we can accomplish together, rather than arguing the differences and asserting our opinions. I feel very blessed to be associated with NSCS.
We have an opportunity right now, at this juncture in history, and that opportunity is to be godly witnesses to those around us. We have the opportunity to behave in a way that is representative of being a follower of Jesus Christ. We have an opportunity to live out our faith in a manner that will be attractive to others. As Christians we are called to live our lives differently, and we have been called to pray.
Please join me in praying for our Country. Our leaders. Our future. There is an opportunity to shine the light and showcase the love of God. We need not live in fear. We need not despair. Our good and Faithful God is still on the throne, and is still in control.
May your hearts embrace the reality that Jesus Christ is Lord and that He loves us with an everlasting love.
Pam Heintz, Head of School