In light of the post-election atmosphere on our campus and in our nation, the junior high assembled at the request of our Superintendent, Dr. Cliff Daugherty. Mrs. Arnett opened with prayer and led the students in the pledges to the American and Christian flags. She then introduced Dr. Daugherty.
He started by sharing that while this current political climate has many people in distress, we as Christians are being afforded the opportunity to minister to those around us. Dr. Daugherty shared three Bible accounts: the first was about Joseph and the injustices he faced in his life; the second was about Daniel and his friends Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and their tale of the lion's den; and the third account was about Queen Esther. He articulated three thematic points from these Biblical accounts and personalities:
1. They all lived in captivity and oppression, similar to Christians who are "not of this world."
2. They all trusted God amidst evil and corruption.
3. They all trusted and served God as agents of positive change.
Dr. Daugherty then encouraged all who were assembled with these five scriptural principles:
1. Have joy and do not worry.
2. Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities.
3. Jesus says "do not judge, otherwise you will be judged."
4. Be quick to listen and slow to speak.
5. Pray for those who are in authority over us.
And, finally, Dr. Daugherty instructed that we would pray together in our classrooms for the following things:
1. Pray for God to heal our land - as we are encouraged to do in 2 Chronicles 7:14.
2. Pray for President-elect Trump, those in his administration, and Congress to call upon God to help them serve God and to be godly and wise leaders of our nation - as we see in James 1:5.
3. Pray that our nation will be "One Nation Under God" - as we know that the Bible promises "Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD," in Psalm 33:12.
4. Pray that Americans will treat each other and all people with love and respect because each and every one of us is one for whom Jesus came and died - which we read in John 3:16, 17.
5. Pray that as Valley Christian School Warriors, we will "Love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength - and love your neighbor as yourself" as we are commanded to do in Luke 10:27.
At the conclusion of the assembly, the students were dismissed to their classes for further discussion and prayer.