by Adam Kronberger / Head of School
A vintage Toby Mac classic song was booming over the gym speakers. It was a home CCS Eagles high school basketball game, and I had just chosen the recent music selection. I returned to my seat as the official bookkeeper, adjacent to the visiting team’s stat person. He and I had spent the last 2 hours next to each other recording stats, and had at least another hour to go. As the God-honoring tunes blasted over the sound waves, I wondered what my public school counterpart thought of the music choice. I thought I perceived a slight sway in his shoulders in tune with the music. As I settled into my seat, he leaned closer shouting over the music, “Great choice. I love this song!”
When Abraham obeyed God’s call and left his father’s homeland according to God’s leading, his new neighbors were watching him closely to see what manner of man Abraham was. One of the first things Abraham did was “he built an altar to the Lord and called upon the name of the Lord” (Genesis 12:8). Without the modern conveniences of air conditioning and engineering, it’s pretty certain that Abraham’s acts of worship were very public. Abraham’s initial display and commitment to God became a common practice of the nation of Israel and all of God’s followers. He is known as a God of love, and His followers cannot help but love Him right back!
The Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) calls disciples to go and make disciples of all nations. Crosshill Christian high school students are preparing to do exactly that for a week this spring in Salem, Portland, and Mexico. Students also choose to replace weekly chapel times to go into their city to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with others. Yet one of the most effective forms of evangelism through history is the simple choice to be actively present among the culture as a distinct Christ-follower. Just as the nation of Israel has been used by God as a vessel to reveal Himself, disciples of Jesus can reveal the blessings of God through a consistent Spirit-led lifestyle each day in their hometown.
The few hours of time I spent with the public school stats man covered a range of topics. At times God’s love and truth were prayerfully and accurately demonstrated to him. Other times in my weakness I passed on opportunities to be a stronger witness. But I hope my new friend walked away with the understanding that this professed follower of Christ, and the home of a “Christian” school, choose to worship His name in body, mind, and Spirit. Toby Mac has been doing it strong for 54 years!
– Adam Kronberger / Head of School