Friday, January 23, 2009

A Current Event.

Admittedly, I don't write often about current events or items in the news. My biggest reason probably has more to do with my lack of time than my lack of interest and I tend to have enough current events going on at my house to keep me busy.

Today, I'm mixing it up a little.

Yesterday morning, Trey walked downstairs and read to me an article from the front page of the Dallas Morning News. It was titled, "Dallas Academy coach sees a win in girls' 100-0 loss."

The story has been picked up by the AP, ESPN, and Fox News to name a few but, if you haven't heard about it, I'll give you the gist. Last week, The Covenant School girls' basketball team played Dallas Academy. Covenant, a Classical Christian school here in Dallas, proceeded to score 100 points against Dallas Academy. Dallas Academy scored not one point.

As I listened to Trey read, I began to weep. I wept for the lack of judgment , humility, and good sportsmanship on the part of the Covenant School. And then I wanted justice. Absolute and swift justice for every participant who allowed something that so tarnished the name of Christ to take place.

And then I had to repent. I repented for wanting justice more than grace for everyone else but me. I repented for wanting to paint the entire school with the wide brush of falling into the sin of worshiping pride and success instead of seeking to glorify the Lord in all things when I know that not to be true. This was a horrible mistake, it was sin with humiliating consequences for both schools but, His grace abounds, and so should mine. It certainly has from the statements made by Dallas Academy, "Covenant has a great team," Civello said. "We wish them all the best for the rest of the season. We don't think what happened is a reflection on those girls in any way."

Grace continues to astound my sin-sick heart. It is not merit without favor, it is merit against favor and we are steeped in it. Holy justice was poured out upon a beloved Son on a bloody cross so that grace could be poured out upon me, upon you, and upon the the body of believers at the Covenant School. Covenant's Head of School and school officials met with Dallas Academy officials to apologize and praised "each member of the Dallas Academy Varsity Girls Basketball team for their strength, composure and fortitude in a game in which they clearly emerged the winner."

The Covenant School's motto is Psalm 115:1, "Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to Your name give glory."

The children of the school are also taught it in Latin, "Non nobis, domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam."

Tee, Olivia, and Graham have sung that Psalm for five years at Covenant. We love our school and we are deeply sorry. We now have the privilege of reminding our kids as they learn this hard, hard lesson, that the Lord hears our pleas of repentance in English, in Latin, and even in sighs, and groanings too deep for words. And He sets our sins as far as the East is from the West.



lmerie said...

I just read about this a couple hours ago. My eyes were stung with tears for all involved - look at the great opportunity to show and receive grace at such a grand scale!

My kids are playing on the churches team in the church leaque. My 9th graders team is really not a talented team, but they have fun. The ones that are pretty good have found a way to go out and play and have fun. Those that are playing and are challenged with the sport, laugh and dance and cheer(3 guys on the team, the rest girls). It is wonderful! We played a really jam up team (all boys and all good B-Ball players) recently - I loved how they backed off the girls and had fun.
I know with school teams, that is not the same. And I loved the concern shown and good sportmanship and the willingness to work together in the article I read. Kudos to your kid's school too!

Christy@pipandsqueak said...

I read all about this yesterday. It was a particularly interesting story for me as I used to teach at Dallas Academy and I was the girls basketball coach from 2000-2003. I know many families and teachers at Covenant as well. I am sorry that it happened and am glad that both teams are learning from it.

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

Great post. I'm still ruminating about it.

Kate said...

Hmm, hadn't read the story but thank you for sharing your thoughts on it. So true....such a good lesson to learn, grace/mercy and respect to all as we have been given.

Paul and DeeDee said...

My husband showed me this article today and I was saddened by it since Covenant is such a great school and we are thinking of sending Jackson there one day. I am glad to here that Kyle is taking the high road and things are being handled appropriately.

We know a lot of Covenant families, (I actually taught Kyle's son in preschool last year) and Jenny Anderson (former 4th grade teacher) is my team teacher this year.

My stomach is still turning....hopefully all involved will learn about grace from our Father.

happygeek said...

It's amazing how a horrid lapse in judgement can have such far-reaching consequences.
My His name be truly glorified through this.

Lauren said...

I stop in on your blog often, and although I really enjoy your funny posts, it's the ones that challenge me spiritually (like this one) that I remember. Thank you for being honest and open. In your humility of confessing you needed to repent, I am reminded of how, all-too-often, I "judge righteously," but leave out the incredible work of grace God has lavished upon us. Thanks for the reminder.

Hacking Holic said...

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