I hate that it’s been so long since I last posted, but we all know how I am with school, and these past few weeks have been devoted to catching up from all of the procrastination I did earlier in the semester… However, despite that it has been insanely busy, I think that the pressure to do this much work has (knock on wood) gotten me out of my slump! What a blessing it is!
I also wanted to say how grateful I am to hear from those of you who read this blog! Several of you have told me that you have been praying for my grandfather and it really means more to me than I can even put into words- all I know to say is THANK YOU so much for taking the time to think of someone so important to me. I fully believe in the power of prayer, and no matter how God answers the prayers that have been lifted up to Him, I am confident in His good and perfect will. Anyway, you guys are awesome- keep giving me feedback!
After attending an event tonight called Kvetching Christianity: Why Do Christians Believe That Stuff Anyway?, I had all of these thoughts rushing through my mind and I felt so inspired to share them. So bear with me if I go on a bit of a rant… I’ll try to keep it on track. :)
For those of you who don’t go to UNC, our campus newspaper The Daily Tar Heel features a “kvetching board” every Friday that essentially serves as a forum for students’ complaints. Most of the kvetches that get in are often very clever and witty, and they’re fun to read so it’s very well known on campus. And I probably don’t need to provide further explanation, but I will; “kvetch” is Yiddish for “complain.” So, Cornerstone created an event that would allow people to voice the issues they have with Christianity. For this entire week, people from all over campus wrote their “kvetches” on a board, and tonight Pastor J.D. Greear of The Summit Church came to UNC and addressed some of these matters.
I would absolutely love to go into detail about everything J.D. had to say because I am truly fascinated at his ability to convey his beliefs in a way that speaks so much truth and logic, yet never departs from the root principle that we will never understand everything there is to know about Jesus Christ. However, it lasted for two hours and I would probably butcher what he said so I’ll just post the link for the Facebook page because there will be an audio recording from the event posted on there later tonight.
(Here ya go: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=103621929749261)
I was so impressed with the questions that were brought forth tonight. It most definitely helped me to remember that God placed me on this campus for a reason, and even though I focus a lot on my schoolwork (sometimes too much), I am ultimately here for a greater purpose. Our campus is filled with people who have questions about Christianity, and I truly believe that they long for an answer– any answer– so badly that they will settle for believing that Christ just doesn’t exist.
I started thinking about all of the non-believers on campus when the Psalm 100 controversy came to light. I was, for lack of a better word, surprised that people jumped so quickly at the opportunity to criticize Christianity. But as I thought about it more and I thought about how hard people work every day to argue that God doesn’t exist, it really shouldn’t have surprised me as much as it did. And it was during the Psalm 100 situation that I concluded that if people didn’t recognize the power of Christian beliefs and values, they wouldn’t work so hard to counter them. Think about it, no one works to counter something that has no power. So, whether people realize it or not, God has an impact on everyone’s lives- it just changes as to how we choose to embrace that impact.
Tonight I began to think about that concept a little bit more. As I was sitting in the auditorium listening to the people who had questions, I remembered that an atheist/agnostic group came to the meeting as well. I began to wonder if I would really go to a meeting that explained something that I opposed so much that I would put that much work into proving that it doesn’t exist. Furthermore, I thought about the fact that they call themselves atheists. They do not believe that there is a God- but what do they believe?
For just about any other issue in which people establish themselves as “for” or “against,” they have a name that says what they do believe. For example, on the issue of abortion, you have those who are pro-choice and those who are pro-life, because no one wants to be “anti-life” or “anti-choice,” they want to focus more on what they do believe.
So I have chosen to believe that if there exists a group of people that seeks to simply deny what Christians see as truth- if that is their only purpose- then God has an impact that reaches further than we often believe. J.D. touched on this tonight, as he said that he never understood why many people who study religion in school are often against it– why would you study something that you hate? I hate Calculus, and I can’t ever imagine even having to look at another Calculus problem again, much less study it for four years. So why do people do it? Why do they spend their time telling us what they don’t believe?
Because Christ has a power that is so magnificent, they can’t help but notice. When Christians are living their lives through the teachings of Christ, it shows. When we work collectively to further His kingdom, people don’t just ignore it. When Psalm 100 made a decision based on their understanding of the Bible, it caught people’s attention because it displayed the power of Christ. And the people who want to fight against it will fight harder because they want to prove us wrong. They want to defeat Christ. But He will never be defeated. Jesus conquered defeat when He rose from the dead.
So even though I would love to see all of the atheists and agnostics who came tonight discover the truth about Jesus- that He is a living and loving God- I do have confidence that the impact and power of Christ is being brought upon their hearts. I just pray that one day, their hearts will be open to hearing about the greatest love story of all time.
“He is wise in heart and mighty in strength– who has hardened himself against Him, and succeeded?” -Job 9:4