Message For Our Time

Only the family of God can solve the problem of education in Mississippi. The Bible says that "You should train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it."

Another wise saying that maintains that is: "It takes a whole village to raise a child."

The principal mistake of education in Mississippi in the last 40 years has been the idea that a child can be trained up in a school building and in a classroom. The truth is that morals and common-sense training are as equally important as the ABCs and the 123s.

Only the Christian Church—God's family—can provide this training in each and every Mississippi Community.

The Christian family consists of two parts in Mississippi: the white church and the black church. The education problem in Mississippi can be made right by these two Christian bodies working together to "train up" the children of Mississippi.

God's family is the Church of the Living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.

In God we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around. If one part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy, robust and growing full of love.

Each one of us is a part of God's body, and we are chosen to live together in peace and harmony, to share each other's troubles and problems and in this way obey the law of God.

We can develop a healthy community that lives right with God and enjoy its results only if we do the hard work of getting along with each other, treating each other with dignity and honor.

No more lies; no more pretenses. Tell your neighbor the truth. When you lie to each other, you end up lying to yourself.

All the glory belongs to God alone.

James Meredith was the first black American to enter and graduate from the University of Mississippi in 1962.

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