“Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.” Sounds like Southern Values to you? Well, many of us (especially brides and brides-to-be) will properly recognize this mantra as the traditional description for at least four items that should be in the possession of every bride on her wedding day. Taking a second look at these four adjectives however, I cannot help but see a correlation between them and what is generally considered to be Southern Values. Southern Values are sometimes regarded as old, (traditional) new, (as a result of contemporary adaptations) borrowed, (as from our colonizers, the British) and blue (a natural color, the way these values should be).
In his novel “The Sound and the Fury” William Faulkner laments the erosion of Southern Values through the Civil War, among other things. In this genderized model of Southern Values, the men are gentlemen, physically and morally strong, possessing courage and perseverance and are chivalrous. The women exhibit the best of family loyalty, physical and intellectual grace, hospitality, Godly influences and feminine purity.
When you add the particular BBQ styles, neighborliness, courtesies, the importance of the church and other positive values, you will readily recognize that these Southern Values are admirable, desirable, not-incompatible with Christ’s teachings and, if adopted and practiced, would significantly transform the society. Recently “Ole Miss” (University of Mississippi) finally decided to shelve “Colonel Reb”, the university-created mascot, who is generally represented as a confederate soldier. According to the university this mascot is now inconsistent with the university’s values.
Southern’s (SAU) values effectively represents Southern Values and much more. In going beyond Southern Values, Southern’s (SAU) emphasis on community service, including Christian service, spiritual and intellectual development, achievement, leader-servant, integrity, and fostering a Christ-centered community of believers represent Christ-centered Values and these values are not subject to change. Christ represents the center of these values. Southern’s Christ-centered Values and environment create the perfect environment for its student-customers and staff. Parents can sleep well and rest assured that their children are in a spiritually and academically healthy and enriching environment, one not only representative of Southern Values, but most importantly, one representative of Southern’s eternal and changeless Values.