by Ryan Gorman
Our family has been fully immersed in a non-stop Christmas music shuffle, as we should be this time of year. I tend to direct the playlist towards the hymnal classics: O’ Come, O’ Come Emmanuel, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen... all songs that carry the gravity of the season. A particular lyric from We Three Kings that I’ve heard countless times before connected with me in a different way this year:
Born a King on Bethlehem's plain,
Gold I bring to crown Him again,
Over us all to reign.
The above lyrics perfectly encapsulate the heart behind Anthem, which is to honor and glorify the King. Similar to the imagery the song expresses, we chose gold as one of our primary colors and the royal as our mascot to remind us of Christ’s eternal glory and our appointment to His eternal service. King Forever.
Anthem acknowledges Christ’s Kingship in everything. Jesus, born King of all, must remain King of all in our conversations, in our character, and in our classrooms. To ask students to lay aside Christ’s Kingship when they step into the mathematics classroom, science lab, or literature discussion denies His very essence and robs the student of the full perspective of His glorious creation. If He truly is King of all, then 2 + 2 = 4 doesn’t hold true despite Him; it holds true because of Him. The sciences and creative order hold all together because Jesus is King. Paul in his letter to the Colossians makes this abundantly clear when he states, “He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together” (1:17). Jesus does not cease to be King during school hours or because His Truth makes conversations uncomfortable. He reigns in all things, and we cannot choose when to remove Him from that rightful place.
At Anthem we teach that when we encounter our world through exploration, conversation, debate, or wonder, we have rightly ordered our affections and perspective for the King and His glory. Anthem desires to equip the next generation of Christian leaders to bring the world around them to a reverence of and relationship with the King. We welcome Christ’s reign into our academics, for He is the author of all knowledge and wisdom.
Over us all to Reign.
We would be thrilled to partner with you in upholding Christ’s kingship in your son’s or daughter’s education as we open our doors in the Fall of 2021. May your Christmas echo Heaven's hallelujahs to the newborn King.
Listen to We Three Kings by Tommee Profit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=cwBBSL14UTs