As the saying goes, “the proof is in the pudding”. And frankly, the new theories of “social justice” that have been served to us leave a bad taste in my mouth. They have nothing to do with the original recipe. Claiming to guarantee equality and unity, they actually separate. They divide people into races.
So what’s the original recipe? According to the book of Genesis, all peoples trace their heritage back to the same two parents: Adam and Eve. That leaves only one race – the human race. And in a simple statement, Jesus taught us how to relate, “Love your neighbor as yourself. We recently found a place that proves the old recipe still works.
While on vacation, my wife and I stumbled across the Berea College campus. The school motto reads: “God made all the peoples of the earth with one blood. “And just to clarify its mission, a first draft of the constitution of Berea in 1859 stipulated:” To promote the cause of Christ … “.
According to the school’s historical publications, for its founder John G. Fee, “the cause” meant providing free education to the poor of the Appalachians, regardless of their origin. When Kentucky’s Day law prohibited integrated education from 1904 to 1950, the college formed separate schools. After the law was repealed, Berea reopened, even admitting Japanese students during WWII.
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Over the years, students with limited financial resources have come to Berea from 40 states and 70 countries. Although students do not pay tuition fees, they work at least 10 hours per week.
As we walked around the campus we found a 2 story log store selling student art and crafts. I met Chyanna busy sweeping the floor and straightening the shelves. She was friendly, engaging and obviously thrilled to be a student. A single mother from Ohio, her worries about excessive debt ended her education. But Berea provided another option. “I like the idea of working here,” she says. “There’s no way a single mother could afford it. “
Chaya from Memphis, who kept the register, also faced serious financial problems until one of her advisers suggested that she register at Berea. She came with a volleyball purse. “I love it here,” she said.
Because one man chose to follow God’s plan at a crossroads in American history, thousands of the nation’s poor advanced their education. And Grandma might just add, “there’s proof in the pudding.”