Dear Orange Lutheran Families,
You’ve been hearing from Orange Lutheran a lot lately regarding the school’s plans for the future, providing updates, and encouraging you to reach out to us for help. We have been optimistic and hopeful about our future return to campus and are fresh off of a weekend celebrating the end of the school year and the Class of 2020.
Today, we’re writing to you with a different message — one that comes from a place of compassion, sadness, anger, humility, and many other emotions as we reflect on the heartbreaking events of the past weeks since the wrongful and unjust death of George Floyd.
While we have a lot to learn and pray to grow continuously, we hold fast to our vision that fosters an environment where our students are strengthened by faith and prepared for life. As we consider the state of our country, our mission — to help students internalize the Gospel message of salvation in Christ Jesus — becomes ever more necessary as we work together to build a safe and compassionate future for our students, community, and world. A future that is rooted in Christ, celebrates diversity, practices empathy, and seeks to serve and understand people within and outside of our Orange Lutheran community. All the while, striving to remain firm on the foundation that our identity is in Christ alone. We shall continue to seek and pursue a faithful response that aligns resources, fosters a culturally responsive campus culture, socially aware teaching and learning engagements, and a focus on appropriate growth opportunities. Together, as the body of Christ, we are called to pray, to listen with purpose, to engage in meaningful dialogue, and to appropriately respond according to God’s Word.
In alignment with the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS), Orange Lutheran High School:
- Condemns the sin of racism in all its manifestations
- Asserts that this sin “has its roots in the sins of pride and arrogance,” that it is “contrary to the law of love,” and that it “denies the biblical truth that all humanity has a common origin in Adam”; and
- Encourages all to work toward racial reconciliation and equality within the Church and within society-at-large, praying that those who advocate racist ideologies and those who are deceived by them be brought to repentance, and that justice and healing come to those who have been wounded.
We are all guilty of sin, which separates us from God and from each other. We are all guilty of not loving our neighbors, which includes overt and covert racism. God’s love for this world in Jesus Christ (John 3:16) has broken down the dividing wall between us, making us one (Eph. 2:13-16). As redeemed children of God, Christians are called to love their neighbor as God loves them (John 13:34-35). We pray that our families join us in recalling the Word of the Lord in Micah 6:8 – to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with our Lord.
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
In His Love,
Orange Lutheran High School