Our local community college changed their rules. Those people who wished to come onto the campus to give away Bibles and talk to students about God, were now required to be students! I decided to enroll in an English Literature class.
The required reading involved short stories. I noticed that many of the stories portrayed Bible believing Christians in a negative light. Following our reading, we’d listen to the instructor lecture us on the foolishness and ignorance of people who actually believe in God.
One day after class I went to him privately. I told him it was becoming obvious to me that he had an apparent agenda, and that was to undermine the faith of his students. He immediately became nervous, defensive and denied the allegation. He assured me he had no such intention.
Yet after our meeting, the reading assignments changed. The subject matter improved. Never again did he speak disparagingly about Christians. That is, as long as I was in his class.
Unfortunately, I believe many young people today are too intimidated to speak up. But not all! I remember a high school senior who did the same thing. She was president of the senior class and exuded confidence and poise. She stood up in class, spoke loudly so all could hear, and said she could no longer remain in a class where her faith was insulted and threatened, and walked out. Her action affected change.
Have you experienced a similar situation? How did you handle it?
- Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. Philippians 2:3-4
- Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Proverbs 31:8
- SONG: GOD IS READY – Words & Music by Kathleen, Robin poem by Elizabeth Cheney, circa 1931
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