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."