Christian schools have Christ at the forefront of everything they do. That’s why we love Colossians 1 and that key phrase ‘ALL THINGS’:
“…all things were created by him and for him (whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities). He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” Col. 1: 15 & 16
AACS seeks to bring ‘all things’ under Christ’s rule and as we wrap up 2017 we again acknowledge our Saviour who chose to join our humanity, entering in humbly and helplessly, so that we could make that marvellous connection through the gift of faith. As we come to celebrate Christmas may we be reminded that ‘all things’ hold together in the gift of Jesus who became our Redeemer.
This will be the last Christmas greeting that I will be bringing you in my AACS Executive Officer capacity (and therefore Christine’s, Executive Assistant, also). As the notice later in eNews explains I am finishing up in this role because of my declining health – oh the groans of a broken world. Even in trying circumstances however, I can still fix my eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfector of ‘all things’ and therefore, I can venture on in a hope that is beyond my weaknesses.
The key issues that have opened up over the past month relate to the pending changes to the Marriage Act and the debate that has been occurring around religious freedom. Whatever our viewpoint might be here it is important that we as Christians show our respect for all citizens particularly for those whose beliefs differ significantly from our own.
To date Christian schools have been able to rely on ‘exemptions’ to discrimination law. However, quite separate to changes in community attitudes towards marriage, these exemptions have been challenged in a number of arenas. In this newsletter it is worth being across the comments about religious freedom amendments, exemptions and the advice on staff employment. Plus there is the normal array of update and interesting articles.
This newsletter arrives a little earlier in December because the year is virtually all over by the 15th, bar the shouting. Have a great break and I would like to remind you that there will be no eNews during January.
I am hoping that your year ends well, particularly delighting in the gift of a Saviour, who came down to bless us with his favour.