Homecomings for Christ-following secular university students may not always be perfectly sweet. The mellow look of sympathy from a friend or loved one is accompanied by the statement that â€œNow that youâ€™re home, you can be with real Christian people.â€ Or the concerned question â€œHow in the world can you study under professors that donâ€™t believe in Jesus?â€ might be followed by â€œDo you have friends who drink?â€
As Christians, we are an extremely diverse group of people. We are not marked out by our skin color or our physical appearance, our anthropological form or our particular language. Rather, we are marked out by the state of our souls. Our group contains all skin colors, dialects, and tribes. We are His people and He has called each of us to a specific calling that is unique to us. My specific calling for my time on earth is different than every other Christianâ€™s calling, and the same can be said of you. Generally, we do a pretty good job of respecting this fact. We respect that a pastor is called to serve the church directly and to teach, while a computer technician is called to glorify God in his workplace and through advancing technology, and an artist is called to glorify God through her art.
However, Iâ€™ve encountered that many Christians are afraid of the calling to secular academics. Iâ€™m sure this is a common experience for many Emerging Scholars. This is what my mentors and I now call the Myth of Sodom. Essentially, when I hear â€œNow you get to be with real Christian peopleâ€ after returning from a semester at a public college, I hear â€œWelcome back. Hope you survived Sodom and Gomorrahâ€. Iâ€™ve seen this prevalent in Christians who are in their teens to Christians who canâ€™t remember the details of their teen years. And Iâ€™ve been guilty of it myself, and have needed to repent of it and ask the Lord to change me. [Read more…] about The Myth of Sodom and Gomorrah