Landmark is a Family in Christ

Bonnie Willis, Director of Admissions, Landmark Christian School
During this time in our nation, and for our school, there is a sense of great sadness, anger, fear, and frustration. However, this is also another moment that God is calling Landmark Christian School to rise and fulfill its calling. We are at a beautiful moment where families across our school are praying and turning to their Bibles for strength, truth, and hope. As we process the intense emotions we are feeling, we must continue to demonstrate to the world the winsome principle of unity in diversity.
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During this time in our nation, and for our school, there is a sense of great sadness, anger, fear, and frustration. However, this is also another moment that God is calling Landmark Christian School to rise and fulfill its calling. We are at a beautiful moment where families across our school are praying and turning to their Bibles for strength, truth, and hope. As we process the intense emotions we are feeling, we must continue to demonstrate to the world the winsome principle of unity in diversity. And this can only be accomplished by following the example of Christ, who himself was tortured, and died, at the hand of injustice. In his moment of excruciating pain, Jesus did not seek to gratify his flesh and give into desires to justify himself. Instead, his heart was to reach out to his mockers, accusers, and torturers and ask the Father to forgive them. In his loving action, not only did he bring about eternal justice, he made way for faith and hope, because he knew that at various points in our lives, each of us—albeit at different levels—would experience being both victims and oppressors, and could be tempted to get stuck in that vicious cycle. Indeed, each of us has sinned, and but for the grace of God, we could each succumb to heartless evil such as what we saw with the police officer who killed George Floyd, or as we’ve seen in some violent rioters who lash out at police officers and kill bystanders. Jesus could see that while our flesh calls for justice, our soul cries out and needs redemption and forgiveness.

But how is it even possible to love your enemies, forgive our accusers, or even fellowship with those with whom we may disagree? Part of the answer may best be illustrated in the memorial service of arguably one of the greatest apologists/evangelists of our generation, Ravi Zacharias. It was shared repeatedly that one of the amazing things about Ravi was that he always “focused on the person in front of him.” He was aware of the devices of the enemy and did not fall into the scheme of seeing people as part of a group and sweepingly ascribe characteristics/blame to them. Rather, he saw people as individuals, crafted in the image of God, and of immeasurable worth. Each person, even in the midst of their sin, is worth reaching out to, and worth dying for. This is not possible especially in today’s climate except in and through Christ Jesus.

As we move forward, and we will move forward, we must be mindful of the devices of the enemy. We are in spiritual warfare, and the enemy is using every means to sow fear, anger, bitterness, and resentment into our hearts—even the noble cause of seeking justice and righteousness. The enemy will twist things that are real and true, to divide our school, to divide our communities, and to ultimately divide our nation. But God is calling Landmark Christian to a higher calling. Our Landmark families do not have to view recent situations in the same way. We are a diverse community with different experiences. Yet, we must be unified and put Christ first and ourselves second in our communications and our actions. We ought to refrain from incendiary comments, no matter what the medium. And our actions ought to seek peace and reconciliation above all else. If we are to fulfill God’s calling on Landmark, we must see each other as family and strive to protect our family from forces that would seek to tear us apart. 

Landmark is not a perfect place. We have made our mistakes. But Landmark is, always has been, and always will be a family united by the blood of Christ and our covenantal devotion to Him. No demographic label or political cause should ever change that. So, let us continue to pray for one another and our land, let us keep reading our Bible and seeing the wisdom contained within, and let us keep looking to Christ - our perpetual inspiration, and glorify Him in the days, weeks, and months ahead.

Bonnie Willis serves as the Director of Admissions at Landmark Christian School. She holds a master’s degree in Organizational Psychology with an emphasis on Change and Development from the Teachers College of Columbia University and graduated cum laude from Harvard University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology: Organizational Behavior.

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