Friday, May 6, 2011

"The Quiet Hero"

In this secular age, the emphasis today within the body of Christ is to teach Christian Apologetics. With young men and women attending secular colleges, those from Christian backgrounds may be heading to colleges were they will face many challenges to their faith; and in some cases their belief is not up to the task. There is a scramble to reach these young adults and equip them to face these secular attacks against the truth claims of Christianity. This is a worthy cause, and one I am personally involved in.

But I would like to feature a story of the “other” young adults who come from secular families, become Christians and stay strong in their faith. The young men and women who defy their families wish for them to attend secular, popular colleges, and instead attend Christian colleges.

Who supports them?

There is a young woman I recently met, who shared a part of her story to me…and I would like to write a small part of it here.

This student transferred from a secular college to attend a Christian college. During her studies there, she was a member of the woman’s basket ball team…where she and I compaired stories on what you can learn about leaning into God’s strength when working (in my case) and playing (in her case) “injured”…where your strength ends and God’s begins…a lesson many other Christians could learn from.

She told me of working to pay for college herself...her classes completely paid for…on her own.

She is graduating tomorrow…a day that all college students look forward to; to see the pride in their families faces...that their families would be in the audience to cheer as their graduating son or daughter's name is called and they take that walk across the stage to accept their diploma…except for this young woman.

Her parent will not attend. They claim she is in a “cult”…a religious “nut.” She is an out-cast in her family.

Who will cheer for her?

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance, and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him who has endured such hostility by sinners against himself so that you may not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:1-3

Do not lose heart.

1 comment:

Lisa said...

P.S. I found out that in the end, her mother did attend her graduation. Hopefuly seeds will be planted that lead her mother into the Kingdom.