Veritas Christo et Ecclesiae
Veritas Christo et Ecclesiae
During its early years, the College offered a classic academic course based on the English university model but consistent with the prevailing Puritan philosophy of the first colonists in New England. The College was never affiliated with any particular denomination, but many of its earliest graduates went on to become clergymen in Puritan churches throughout New England. An early brochure, published in 1643, justified the College's existence: "To advance Learning and perpetuate it to Posterity; dreading to leave an illiterate Ministry [sic] to the Churches…" Harvard's early motto was Veritas Christo et Ecclesiae "Truth for Christ and the Church." In a directive to its students, it laid out the purpose of all education: "Let every Student be plainly instructed, and earnestly pressed to consider well, the main end of his life and studies is, to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life, John. 17. 3. and therefore to lay Christ in the bottom, as the only foundation of all sound knowledge and Learning.
To my surprise, I was reading a book about man, character and integrity. I remember reading an entrance exam to a major university (listed above) of today and was shocked of how far away from the truth this university has come from its original intent: Veritas Christo et Ecclesiae, or to say, “Truth for Christ and the Church.” This book went on to say that before students were admitted into this university that they had to be literate in Latin and also had to articulate their relationship with Christ in a meaningful way. Now before you write me off and say that I am going to bash liberalism or I am just being a skeptic to a major university of today, I want to direct this conversation in a brutally honest way.
It is my belief that we, the Church, are the ones that have missed the mark in a lot of public arenas of today. Seriously, if we had Kingdom Focus, that is God’s precepts and love in our minds and our hearts and our souls, then imagine where America would be today. If we truly were the church that Christ calls us to be, imagine the Kingdom Impact that our neighborhoods, states, country and this world would see. If the church learned to love one another and not bicker, fight and tear each other apart. If the church truly tithed the way that God calls us to tithe. If the church truly humbled itself in reverence for God and repented of our sins and allowed the Holy Spirit to move us further into our sanctification, then I can honestly say that society would be a better place. Governments would have politicians that would not have special interests and lobbyists dictating the way they vote, but rather, we would have politicians that would have Kingdom eyes and would be representing the people the way God calls us to do. The book of Job introduces us to a man who was all to familiar with the traits and importance of character, integrity and loyalty. We read in Job 29:13-17, “I rescued the poor who cried for help, and the fatherless who had none to assist him. The man who was dying blessed me, I made the widow’s heart sing. I put on righteousness as my clothing; justice was my robe and my turban. I was eyes to the blind and feet to the lame. I was a father to the needy; I took up the case of the stranger. I broke the fangs of the wicked and snatched the victims from their teeth.”
So what can we do, as Legacy Dads? The answer is simple yet complex. The process is tedious yet rewarding. The outcome will be felt through eternity if you are faithful in finishing the race. The challenge is to engage those you love. If you are married and have kids then be the Spiritual Leader and the parent. If you are divorced then be a good example to your kids as a father and show them you have made mistakes, but you will do what it takes to humble yourself and grow in God’s Kingdom by using the gifts that he has given you. Instead of pitting your kids against each other, instead find common ground in the love that you and your ex share toward the treasures (your children) that God has given you. Love them without abandon. If we learn to love and to grow the body of Christ using Kingdom eyes instead of our own, then imagine with me what the future would look like. Stewardship, Purity, Contentment and Discipleship are words that we, those who contribute to this blog, will continue to edify and build upon in order for the Holy Spirit to move in us.
God tells us in Jeremiah 29:11-13, “For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” When we as Legacy Dads, allow God to move in our lives (by prayer, petition, daily reading of the Scriptures, preaching and teaching and worship) watch, listen and learn and be followers of Christ with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. When we raise up children and serve wives the way that Jesus served the church, IMAGINE WHAT CAN HAPPEN.