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What God Calls Us To Do

At National Review David French writes that

It was foolish for anyone to believe that a less Christian America would be a less religious America. As Solomon said in Ecclesiastes, God “put eternity in man’s heart.” Traditional Christianity and Judaism aren’t just being removed from American life; they’re being replaced. The more passive person often fills his heart with the saccharine sweetness of Moralistic Therapeutic Deism. The angry activist often stokes the burning fires of intersectionality. And when commitment collides with confusion, commitment tends to win.

Working with college students for the last almost 30 years (where has the time gone?!), I can attest to the shift and collision French describes.

He is likewise correct in his conclusion that

America’s traditional Christian and Jewish communities need to understand this reality. Intersectionality steamrolls right over the lukewarm, leaving them converted or cowed. The answer, of course, isn’t to steamroll back — after all, our faith is supposed to be full of grace — but rather to respond with calm conviction. Christianity has survived ancient heresies. It can prevail against modern fads. But don’t for one moment underestimate the depth of the zeal that drives our latest religious divide.

Political and cultural activism have their place. To simply withdraw from the cultural and political debates is not only irresponsible–Christian are called to be “salt and light” and “yeast in the loaf” after all–it is naive. I see almost daily how the faith of Orthodox Christians students is being slowly replaced by MTD.

The response to the concerns French outlines though isn’t political or cultural so much as it evangelical. We must make sure that our young people have heard the Gospel, know that they are loved by God and have a sense of their own, personal vocations.

Of course to do this for the next generation, we need to do this for the current generation. It isn’t enough for individual Orthodox Christians to do the work of evangelists. We need evangelized communities of Orthodox Christians who are committed disciples of Jesus Christ.

Nothing less will be sufficient for the challenges we face today.

In Christ,

+Fr Gregory

For Consideration: Called to Study

…you are a Christian. This means you cannot go to college just to get a better job. These days, people talk about college as an investment because they think of education as a bank account: You deposit the knowledge and expertise you’ve earned, and when it comes time to get a job, you make a withdrawal, putting all that stuff on a résumé and making money off the investment of your four years. Christians need jobs just like anybody else, but the years you spend as an undergraduate are like everything else in your life. They’re not yours to do with as you please. They’re Christ’s.

Christ’s call on you as a student is a calling to meet the needs of the Church, both for its own life and the life of the world.

Stanley Hauerwas, “Go With God.”

Wikipedia: A university class, Bologna (1350s).

 

Campus Free Speech?

From Bleeding Heart Libertarians, some interesting thoughts (not all of which I necessarily agree with, see #16) on free speech. It’s important to note, these thoughts pertain to public, not private, colleges and universities.

Here’s a sample:

Some people say we can’t “platform” ideas that could be used for evil. I look forward to seeing those same people demand we shut down all Marxist talks and fire all the Marxist scholars, since Marxist ideas led to 100 million or more democides in the 20th century. Note that pretty much anything can be twisted in service of evil. Nietzsche predicted the rise of something like fascism, and he pre-emotively complained about how awful fascism would be; nevertheless, some fascists twisted his ideas to justify their cause. So you can criticize X and still have your ideas used to promote X.

For more go here.