In the New York Times recently there was a full-page ad for Columbia University. It advertised seven fields of study in which a person can get a Master of Arts. Liberal Studies, American Studies, Ancient Studies, East Asian Studies, Islamic Studies, Jewish Studies, Medieval Studies, and South Asian Studies. Richard Joh Neuhaus spotted this ad and wrote an editorial about it, asking “Where is Christian Studies?”
He pondered four possible reasons and then settles with this one: “There are an awful lot of people who really believe in Christianity. The university is a cosmopolitan place where religious traditions can be subjected to critical examination but are not to be taught as though they might be true.”
Neuhaus went on to say; “Even in religious studies departments, faculty members who are Hindus, Buddhists, and believers in Mystical Crystals can quite openly profess their faith. Muslims and Jews too. Nobody raises a question about their proselytizing. Not so with Christians.”
“The fear is that Christianity might be taken altogether too seriously.”
Christians believe everybody has sinned against the One and Only Holy God and that His One and Only Son has come into the world to die once for all in place of sinners; so that anyone and everyone who repents and believes will be reconciled to God and have eternal life. Those who don’t will perish. Millions of Christians believe the most loving thing in the world you can do, is to pray and witness and live so as to persuade others to become Christians.
How seriously do you take your Christian faith? Do we hide it under a bushel? NO! “There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
Prayer in Motion:
Oh God, may my whole life be about You. I want others to see Jesus in me. I want to be intentional about sharing the truth of Who You are; all of You, Your love, Your kindness and Your justice. In Jesus Name. Amen