There is a time in all of our lives when we must ‘stand up’. We must find the courage to bear witness to our convictions with our heart, our voice, and our person.
As followers of Christ, we find ourselves being tested in the fall of 2016. It is an election year in the United States, and we have been placed in the unenviable position of having to choose between two highly debated candidates. Our country is radically divided over politics, race, gender, and economics. Our country has been cut to the heart by unceasing violence: white against black, civilians against police officers, and police officers against civilians. We are angry and hurt, we mourn, and we surrender. There has been a ‘lull’ in the fighting, but it has been an uneasy truce. There has been no real peace.
We cannot recapture the halcyon days of another time, but we can create a better tomorrow. As followers of Christ, I pray that all of us may find the courage to stand up for Jesus, as Jesus stood up for us. To stand up for Christ is to stand up and seek justice for all human beings: black, brown, yellow, red, white, Democrat, Republican, straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, queer, sinner, and saint – it did not matter to Jesus. He forgave the thief on the cross, the woman caught in adultery, the Samaritan woman, the four lepers, Nicodemus the Pharisee, and many others. He received them and loved them.
Yellowstone Theological Institute is focused on being a game changer. To follow Christ with all of your heart, to love others unconditionally, and to seek justice for the impoverished, the marginalized, and the oppressed is almost 100% guaranteed to get one crucified, but it will change the game. YTI stands at the forefront, bringing Christ to culture in a powerful statement of crucifixion and resurrection. Stand with us as we stand for Christ in our world.
You Are Our Success!
As we enter a new academic year, would you consider standing with the faculty, staff, and students of YTI? We need men and women who will lift us up in prayer on a daily basis, as well as give generously to help us build an endowment to keep our tuition low. Would you prayerfully consider giving $50, $100, or $200 a month? Maybe a one time gift to honor a relative or to endow a scholarship? You, our supporters, are just as important as our faculty! You are our success!
Grace & Peace,
Dr. Jay Smith, President