Thursday, April 9, 2009

We're all in this together

Forgive me for the HSM reference in the title. This post has absolutely nothing at all to do with HSM...sorry if I got your hopes up, haha. :)

Tomorrow night, The Veritas Forum will be making its debut at WKU. For those who don't know, Veritas is basically a venue for college students to come and hear about God's truth and how it relates to today's current and hot-topic issues. Accomplished speakers are brought in to speak about how topics within their respective fields relate in different ways to God's truth. Tomorrow night, Dr. Fritz Schaefer, a chemist from UGA, is speaking on the topic "The Big Bang, Stephen Hawking, and God." Dr. Schaefer is one of the world's most cited chemists, has refuted a Nobel Prize through his research, and is thought to have been nominated for 5 Nobel Prizes. He's going to share how he as a non-believer, in the field of chemistry, came to know the truth of Jesus Christ through his research and how God changed his life with that.

Anyway, I say all of that to set up what I really wanted to write about tonight. So much prayer, preparation, and time has gone into making Veritas a reality at WKU. 8 local churches, 8 campus ministries, as well as Christian faculty of WKU are presenting this in a joint effort. As you can imagine, making this happen requires a LOT of publicity. We have flyers, ads on the school website and in the school paper, surveys, and posters all in hopes of getting the word out about this. And its working- people all over campus have been talking about it.

Anyway, for publicity purposes, tshirts were also made to help promote the event. From my understanding, about 500 shirts were ordered. They were passed out through the different churches and organizations involved so that their students could wear them the 2 days before the event to make this visible all over campus. The BCM has used tshirts before for publicity, but we used more like, 50 shirts. 500 shirts is a LOT of tshirts. But here's the coolest part...

All over campus today, and I mean EVERYWHERE, I saw people wearing Veritas shirts. People I had never seen before were wearing them out on the Hill. I saw people who I had no idea about their views on Christianity wearing the shirts. In a word, it was awesome. Being so involved in the BCM, it really is like I'm in a bubble. Sure there are other campus ministries. And sure there are other churches other than Living Hope. But in a way, I had never noticed, if that makes sense. Often, it seems like the BCM is the only organization that does anything out on campus and as proved today, that's the case at all. Sadly, this happens because we get so focused on what OUR ministry is doing, and we simply fail to notice or interact with others. Sure we work together on stuff like Homecoming, but that's about it. Today I saw so many more blue Veritas shirts than the BCM could have ever dreamed of passing out and using, and that was so encouraging and reassuring.

I think what this taught me, or reminded me I guess, is that God works through so many different people and so many different ways. He doesn't just choose one group of people to do His work. There are reasons that we are all involved in our respective ministries and churches. But we all have one common, unifying goal, and that is to do the work that God has set out before us. We are here to share the Gospel with our campus and show them that God loves each and every one of them, regardless of who they are. Seeing the shirts everywhere today made that so clear. Something that really encouraged me was that it really showed that we aren't alone, even when we feel like we are. Sometimes, we get so caught up in ministry that we feel like we're the only ones serving and working for God's Kingdom, but we aren't.
I got to talk to some students I had never met before about this very topic, all because of our matching shirts, and we all felt the same way. It's just refreshing to know that we aren't the only people out there on campus repping Jesus. We all lose sight of the people we're supposed to be working with. But we have Christian brothers and sisters out there working along side of us, and we have a God who will never leave our side. We are never alone when we do the work of Christ. Praise God!!

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