Young people today are living through some turbulent, and sometimes frightening times. The Bible tells us in Isaiah 41:10: So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. That is why I am very pleased to be working with a group of dedicated students who have resurrected the Cadets for Social Change club to help them grapple with many of the issues challenging young people of faith today. This club is a continuation of our "Students for Social Change" group which has been renamed this year to "Cadets for Social Justice."
Cadets for Social Justice is a group of students who desire to come together and constructively and respectfully discuss issues that are important to them. We are greatly blessed to have 8 Concordia Lutheran High School faculty members involved who help students navigate complex issues and difficult discussions and to point them to the Scriptures for guidance.
God speaks to his people in Micah 6:8: He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. In response to what God’s word says, goals for the clubs include: studying God’s holy word to see what it says to us, teaching and modeling civil and respectful conversation, educating students about the complexity of social issues, promoting positive civic action to respond to oppression and inequities, practicing repentance and reconciliation when necessary, loving one another as His children created in His image and looking to His word for wisdom and truth.
Young people today long for authentic connections, conversations and participation in the world around them. The word of God leads us toward all of these and provides us with many examples of Christ’s mercy, love and grace for His children. We are to be imitators of Christ, and I am excited to see how our heavenly Father will use these students to further His kingdom.