Today, Braedon and I traveled to visit a Christian university.
Turns out ‘Christian’ is not enough to describe the faith, or lack there of, present in the student lives on campus.
Early in the tour, it was noted that freshman, well everyone, can have opposite sex visitors from 1p to 11pm on weekday, and 1pm to 1am on weekends. Quite inviting for raging hormones suddenly independent from parental supervision. Yet, the open door policy for freshmen was intended to bring parents comfort. If your student was any other level other than freshman, they could close the door with their opposite sex guests until 11p on weekdays or until 1am on weekends.
Yikes! The devil was prowling around our tour and apparently had won some ground on this ChristIan campus.
Braedon and I continued with our group of about 10 students with their parents. Our tour guide brought us into the library. I noted the lack of books. Odd.
Another parent noted the display of an LGBTQ flag with a social justice book display.
I was unaware until later Braedon also saw the rainbow.
This dad held church in the hallway of the library. Boldly, he asked our guide about the flag. Her response lit a fire in some bellies, including mine. She said, “we have a LGBTQ group here and they put up flags in different areas.” The man proclaimed Jesus’s finished work on the Cross and owned/blamed that we have become too comfortable with sin. He added he and his family would be leaving the tour. Finally, he exorted all parents present not to send their children to this not so Christian school.
Braedon leaned into my ear and told me he wanted to leave.
So we did.
Some of you may have done things differently: leapt on a chance to minister, hunted down the administration, or continued in the tour.
If you love Jesus and follow His teachings, you cannot be ok with sin. Homosexuality is a sin. Like any other sin, people are invited to repent and believe in Jesus.
I don’t know what will come of the students at this particular college. Braedon and I prayed for the administration and asked God’s hand to be upon the comings and goings of the students.
The wide road calls and captures many.
When we say yes to the narrow road, we also invite testing and hatred from those who waver, who wallow, who don’t want to offend.
I thank God we visited this college. I thanked God for the man who with great courage who stood for the Cross in an environment which was loosey-goosey.
How would Jesus have handled this leadership who have given sexual sin a place in the light and also placed sin behind closed doors hidden in the dark, unseen to the Resident Advisors.
My Spirit says after stating the truth and exposing all sin in His light, Jesus would have wept if they stayed in rebellion, in much the same way He did with the unbelieving Jews.
I am heavy-hearted for the many years of Christian complacency, not actively making and sending disciples of Christ into the world. In this complacency, His light has been hidden behind people’s comfort level, their tithing potential, and utter laziness of mature followers withholding their time to pour into new believers, the generation that is now administration of colleges as well as students at college.
Lord, we need You. Lord, help the mature who have failed to make disciples repent, for You are faithful to forgive. Lord, clear the narrow path, that we may know which is the Way and walk in it. Help us love all people made in Your image, but help us not be participants in allowing sin to flourish. We love You and praise Your holy Name, only the name by which we may he saved. Amen
I welcome your continued prayers for God to lead Braedon where He knows he will belong. I am becoming acutely aware of the challenge we all face in remaining steadfast. If you need prayer, I am willing.
In Christ’s love