Wait. What? A University That Honors God and Country?
A Christian university in the north Georgia mountains is taking a very public stand in affirmation of the U.S. Constitution and the belief that we are one nation under God.
“We recognize the hand of God upon our country throughout our history,” said Emir Caner, president of Truett McConnell University.
The university, affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention, recently held a celebration of faith and freedom featuring Fox News Channel host Oliver North and your friendly neighborhood commentator.
It was one of the most incredible displays of patriotism I have seen in a long time — complete with a moving replica of Tomb of the Unknown Soldier provided by the Exchange Club of Rome, Georgia. We’ve posted some photos below taken by university photographer Jenny Gregory.
“While many colleges and universities are creating safe spaces for a new generation of snowflakes, Truett McConnell put together a night to honor God and country,” Caner said.
A massive American flag served as a backdrop for the 90-minute celebration – with patriotic music from gospel singer Jake Cowley and a color guard from a Trail Life USA troop in Gainesville, Georgia.
“We proudly display and salute the American flag knowing the freedom that has been given to us through the sacrificial service of men and women for over two centuries,” the university president said.
North delivered a message on servant leadership and encouraged the hundreds of Truett students who plan on serving on the mission field this summer.
“I am not sure that I could ever recall an American war hero speaking so clearly on fulfilling the Great Commission,” Caner said.
North called on the audience to support missionaries who are sharing Christ around the world.
“We take our faith from a simple and literal reading of the Scriptures and we proclaim our patriotism from the authorial intent of the Constitution,” the university president declared. “One causes us to humble ourselves before the cross in reverence; the other, based upon Judeo-Christian framework, reminds us to be thankful for freedom. To the former we kneel in awe, and the latter we stand in respect.”
More than $166,000 was raised during the celebration and every penny will be given to student scholarships and student mission trips.
I’ve been encouraging our readers and listeners to join the cause and support a Christ-centered university that is raising up a new generation of patriots. If you would like to support Truett McConnell University, text “Empower” 706-222-1961.