In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we want to share with you a powerful message about building racial harmony in our communities by my dear friend and brother in Christ, Carey Casey.
Carey lived through the real-life story captured in the movie Remember the Titans starring Denzel Washington as an African-American high school football coach who must overcome significant challenges after he’s hired to coach the school’s first racially integrated team. The Titans overcame tremendous adversity, worked through their racial differences, and won the state championship.
Unfortunately for Carey, he was on the team the Titans beat.
Ever the optimist, though, Carey uses that disappointing memory as a teachable moment for us. The acrostic TITANS is a helpful device he uses to explain how to cross the racial divide:
- Be Teachable – Learn from one another.
- Integrity – Be trustworthy. Overcome wickedness by doing what’s right.
- Tested – You’ll be tested by people who will tell you that you don’t measure up, or will challenge your friendships with people different ethnicities. Stand on truth.
- Attitude – See the glass as half-full. Keep a positive attitude. Have the attitude of Jesus Christ.
- Name above all names – Put Christ first in your life. Model Christianity for others.
- You are Special
Carey says to facilitate racial harmony in your world, “God doesn’t want you to remember the Titans, but to remember your Creator, who made you.”
Join us for “Building Racial Harmony in Our Communities,” recorded at one of our chapel services.
Dr. Carey Casey is the President of the National Center for Fathering. He and his wife, Melanie, moved to the inner city on Chicago’s west side, to the same community where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., once lived. Carey serves on staff at Lawndale Christian Community Church, a multi-cultural community, co-mingling the wealthy and the poor. He’s the author of several books, including Championship Fathering and Championship Grandfathering. Both are available through our online bookstore.