A Thought on Christians at College

The following is from my Facebook post from my first week of college. I shared it here because it’s just as relevant as it was my first week at college. This is something I have to constantly remind myself of. I hope you enjoy:

I’ve lived at college for right at a week now and have already overheard horror stories of overbearing, condescending Christians. “They think they can damn everyone with a different lifestyle straight to hell.” (That’s an actual quote) 

Let that NOT be said of us, myself definitely included. I’m called to love God first, then my neighbor next. (Mark 12:30&31) How can I lead them to the love of Christ when I become the mascot for hate?

Jesus never stood at a synagogue and wagged his finger at those who weren’t there.

Jesus met people where they were.He met people over food & drink, over a healed loved one, over a loving conversation. He did so with a heart of love, as I am called to: “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” (John 15:12 ESV)

Jesus also approached these people differently to reach them. He spoke to Pharisees about the Mosaic Law and their corruption of it. But when talking in large crowds he used parables of common objects like salt, light, sheep, rebellious sons, seeds, beggars, virgins, and Samaritans because everyone understood those images.

Paul modeled this perfectly, he talks to Jews about the law because it reaches them. But when speaking to Gentiles the law is useless. He understands and relates to others to lead them to Christ:                                                                                                                                                               “To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.” (1 Corinthians 9:20-23 ESV) 

Paul met people where they were, and I have to as well.

Jesus understood and related to people, that’s why his message was delivered with such sincerity and power. That’s why it was effective. I must learn a heart before I can help lead it closer to Christ.

So let me NEVER compromise or change the Gospel, but let me change how I deliver it. I should NEVER be brash, coarse, argumentative, pious, hateful, or condescending. I SHOULD be loving, understand, patient and Christ-like.

I challenge you to do the same.

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4 thoughts on “A Thought on Christians at College

  1. amydendy71 January 15, 2015 / 1:33 am

    Very astute observations, Josiah. I’m so happy to see you haven’t fallen victim to the false doctrine of hatred disguised as Christianity! 🙂

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    • josiahjjr January 15, 2015 / 4:47 am

      Thank you very much Amy! Yeah, it does nothing but hurt the advancement of the Gospel and hurt the perception of Christians! Something we can all take to heart 🙂

      Thanks for reading, Amy! Be on the lookout for more!

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  2. taylorjones2117 January 17, 2015 / 6:34 am

    This is really great ! As someone in post secondary myself, I’m so encouraged by your thoughts! It was a great reminder for how we as Christians need to be, this article was just what I needed to read tonight 🙂

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    • josiahjjr January 17, 2015 / 7:41 pm

      Thank you, Taylor! Glad I could help. It’s nice to find another student blogging about Christ 🙂 I’ll on the look out for more from you!

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