Black History is American History
Witnesses are important to major events. If you have ever attended an impressive concert or an incredible sporting event it’s always refreshing to get various perspectives on what people saw and heard. Before visiting a new restaurant, many of us turn to Yelp to get the opinions of various people and to hear about their experiences. Their vantage point informs are own decisions. A myriad of positive reviews typically encourages us to give the new eatery a try.
When we consider the life of Jesus, it’s amazing that God used four different authors to describe Christ’s life and mission.
He used a Jewish tax collector, Matthew, a traveling companion of Peter, Mark, a Gentile doctor, Luke, and arguably Jesus’ closest disciple, John. Each of these men provided unique stories, parables, and snapshots of the life of Jesus. Imagine for a minute if there was no Gospel of Luke. We would be without the parable of the Prodigal Son and the parable of the Good Samaritan! God, in all of His benevolence and omniscience, wanted us to have each Gospel to get an equally accurate and important angle on the life and teachings of His Son.
With February underway we are officially launched into Black History Month. Some people dive into this month and immerse themselves in reading, studying, and celebrating the lives of our black brothers and sisters. Others, unfortunately, treat it a lot like the “international food” aisle at the local grocery store: It’s different. It’s optional. It’s not for everyone.
Yet when we consider American history we must be mindful that blacks have been in this country since 1619. For 400 years they have made extraordinary contributions to the fabric, foundations, and flourishing of our country. Their stories only amplify and enrich the American narrative. To omit or ignore what they have endured, accomplished, and contributed over the last four centuries is to stymie our own understanding of our nation.
Restoration Academy is grateful to take time to introduce our students to men and women who are heroes. We are grateful to celebrate their achievements and the ways that they championed freedom, equality, and excellence. We would encourage everyone to take advantage of this month to enrich their own education and understanding. Hopefully this month will perpetuate a spirit of gratitude and curiosity for black history and its rich place in American history.