I Have No Idea What I’m Doing. Follow Me!

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) is a wonderful organization that has been telling college students about the power of the gospel for more than seven decades. They can be found on 616 college campuses and have 949 chapters serving college students.

For years, IVCF has been a part of campuses associated with the California State University system (CSU). IVCF has 23 chapters on 19 CSU campus locations. Until now.

Just one week ago the California State University system implemented a new nondiscrimination policy. As part of this policy, CSU no longer recognizes InterVarsity Christian Fellowship as an official student organization.

Why this change? Because IVCF will not allow students to lead their chapters if they do not agree with basic, historic Christian beliefs. The CSU system now requires that all their student groups accept all students, regardless of their beliefs, as group leaders.

Here is what a representative from IVCF said about this new policy:

While InterVarsity invites and welcomes all students as participants, we believe a Christian group should have the right to expect and even require their leaders to be Christian – just as any student group, club or Greek organization should be able to require their leaders to be like minded.

Before you begin to think that the IVCF is a closed group and CSU needed to take action to make them more inclusive, approximately 50% of students active in IVCF are members of ethnic minority groups, in California the number is closer to 70%.

At Toccoa Falls College we agree with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Why should any organization be forced to allow someone to lead them who doesn’t believe in what the organization believes? Would a church hire a pastor who disagreed with the beliefs of the church? Would the military keep a general who didn’t believe in the constitution? Would a Chinese restaurant hire a manager who knows nothing about Chinese food? Of course not. Yet, we are telling a Christian group they must be willing to be led by those who don’t even believe in Christianity.

For a university, like the California State University, who should be leading others in critical thinking skills, this decision to remove IVCF from their campuses is inexcusable. Yet again, in our politically correct world, common sense, rest in peace.

Will You Marry Me?

This week a federal judge in Louisiana did something remarkable. He didn’t bow down to the cultural peer pressure associated with the gay agenda. Judge Martin Feldman ruled that it is the right of the states to define marriage…not the federal government.

Judge Feldman ruled that the Louisiana definition of marriage, which is currently defined as the union of a man and a woman needs no “redefinition”. In Louisiana, 78% of the state voters agreed that the definition of marriage was a state right…not a right that could simply be mandated or over-ruled by a court. Judge Feldman also said this:

[Louisiana] has a legitimate interest…whether obsolete in the opinion of some, or not, in the opinion of others…in linking children to an intact family formed by their two biological parents.

As part of Judge Feldman’s ruling he further added this:

The Court is persuaded that a meaning of what is marriage that has endured in history for thousands of years, and prevails in a majority of states today, is not universally irrational.

Judge Feldman also voiced concerns that many of us have had over the issue of the redefinition of marriage. Feldman said that there were too many questions surrounding a redefinition of marriage that would make it difficult for any court to overturn the will of the citizens. Feldman said a redefinition of marriage would open a Pandora’s Box of hypotheticals such as marriage between an aunt and niece, aunt and nephew, father and child, [or] brother and brother…

Judge Feldman understands. How refreshing to see someone with some common sense in a position of authority. In an age when common sense just seems to be dead, we need more folks with common sense and a backbone like Judge Feldman.

At Toccoa Falls College we believe that God clearly established the definition of marriage in Genesis with one man and one woman. That same definition may be found throughout scripture. It’s great to see a federal judge understand that a change in this biblical definition of marriage leads to all sorts of problems and complexities. Moving away from God’s laws and principles always does.

Don’t Waste Your Money Supporting These Ideas

Several weeks ago I discussed a new television channel being proposed called AtheistTV. That blog generated quite a bit of email from our atheist friends. Some of the notes were kind and most of them were, well, less than kind. Let me quickly add that I am thankful for the notes and subsequent discussions from those folks who clearly want a respectful, healthy discussion.

One of the notes I received led me to a college that markets as a seminary. However, one thing you will find different when you visit the promotional materials for this seminary is this. They advertise as Everything You Dreamed of…pagan online education. Now that got me interested so I dug a little deeper. This particular seminary is offering a course this summer titled, Beginners Guide to Shapeshifting. Here is a portion of the course description:

For many people around the world and throughout history, the ability to change one’s form at will is a reality. …Students build an understanding of the processes and reasons for different kinds of shapeshifting (its pleasures, perils, and functions), and greater familiarity with how shapeshifting can become a powerful spiritual and personal practice.

Really? For many people around the world and throughout history, the ability to change one’s form at will is a reality? Come on…I don’t know of one person let alone many people that change their form at will. Let’s use some common sense here. Don’t you think that if this were possible someone with a smartphone would have taken a video? You don’t think the media would be interested in this?

I am amazed at what people believe today. I am always disappointed at what is being sold as education. Now remember, if you take the shapeshifting course from this college, it’s not free. They advertise a tuition rate of $145 a credit hour. So this course would cost you $435. You’re in luck though. They do advertise no books are required for the course. I believe I would withhold payment until after the course and then shapeshift something into currency to make the tuition payment.

Am I poking fun? I sure am. We need to regain our common sense and not support institutions and people that make wild claims with no substantiation. People can say anything they want until they are confronted with the light of truth. So…go out and illuminate some dark corners of the world with the light of truth.

You Won’t Believe What These College Students Want To Do To Gun Owners!

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Sometimes I just wonder about people.  Today was one of those days.  I was watching a video by Mark Dice.  I really enjoy his videos because he has a unique way of documenting folks who have just given up on common sense. Folks that operate like robots and do whatever they are told…often with chilling results.

Recently Mark went to a college campus and pretended to be getting signatures on a petition to remove the second amendment.  The purpose of my discussion with you today is not to argue for or against the second amendment but rather to talk with you about some college students who need to develop some critical thinking skills.

In this video Mark stops students on campus and attempts to get them to sign his fake petition. As Mark is talking with students he says things like this to them as they consider signing (the words in italics are quotes):

  • We need to disarm the citizens.
  • We can trust the government to be the only ones with guns.
  • These peasants don’t need guns.
  • We will be terminating and executing all the gun owners.
  • Let’s shoot them (the gun owners) and feed them some of their own lead.

With all of these wild statements, these college students just sign their name to the petition rarely asking any questions…happy to sign their name to a petition to kill those who own guns.

What are we teaching students today? I’m afraid many colleges aren’t teaching nearly enough critical thinking skills.  We are preparing a generation of followers, not leaders.  We are preparing a generation of students who have amassed facts but developed no wisdom.  We are declaring common sense dead and allowing it to rest in peace.

All colleges are not created equal.  Thoroughly evaluate any college before you decide to invest your time and finances.  Life isn’t just about gaining knowledge.  Life is not simply about academics.  Life is also about gaining wisdom to properly evaluate alternatives in life.

Don’t let anyone you know attend any college that doesn’t value critical thinking and the development of wisdom. Choose your college wisely.

Ivy League University Chooses Nudity

Brown University announced that it would hold a new event on campus starting Monday.  This six-day event is called Nudity In the Upspace.  At Brown University, they decided it would be appropriate to hold events such as nude open microphone nights, nude yoga classes, nude body painting, a nude cabaret, and other nude student performances and events.

So what’s the purpose?  The leaders at Brown say this about the event, “It’s mostly the idea of talking about and addressing things that people don’t normally address and that can be stigmatized.” Apparently at Brown University you can’t have a discussion about these ideas with your clothes on.

It is reported that the annual cost of attendance at Brown is $45,612 for tuition and $11,620 for room and board.  Total annual cost…$57,232. For your hard earned tuition dollars you get intellectually challenging events like Nudity In the Upspace.

For my tuition dollars I would rather see events that teach students how to get a job, how to manage their finances, how to negotiate, how to become an effective communicator, or how to develop emotional intelligence…the list is endless. Instead, Brown wastes the time and money of students and parents with Nudity In the Upspace.

Parents and students…we need to wise up.  Every college and university is not created equal.  Don’t waste your tuition dollars on mindless activities packaged as educational events.  Find a college that is serious about developing students intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually.  Spend your money on something with educational value.  Otherwise parents, you might find yourselves with a son or daughter who knows nothing about the basic fundamentals of how to live in this world after graduation.  Additionally, you spend $228,928 over four years so your son or daughter can get a degree from Brown University and list “nude cabaret” on their resume.

Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Ridiculous Story.

I recently watched a video by Mark Dice that left me just shaking my head in despair.  Let me set the stage for this video.  Mark was walking along a pier in California checking on people’s knowledge of both American history as well as basic listening skills.  His question to everyone he stopped was this, “Why do we celebrate the 4th of July?” Pretty simple question, right?  Not so fast.

As you watch the video you will hear folks say that we declared our independence from China.  Others thought we declared our independence from Mexico.  Some thought Jesse Ventura signed our Declaration of Independence.  Others thought Jack Lemmon signed it.

When was the Declaration of Independence signed?  Here are some responses: 1974, 1976, 1978, 1762, “18 something”, 1812, and 1842.  One woman said she has no hard feelings against the Mexicans since we have now declared our independence from them on July 4th.

What about listening skills? On the video you can hear Mark say, “When the founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776…what date did they sign the Declaration of Independence? The answers ranged from, “I don’t know”, to “19 something” and the list goes on. Even when people hear the truth they don’t recognize it.

It’s no wonder so many folks fall for any story they hear. Political stories? Sure we believe it.  Lectures in the classroom supporting evolution?  Sure.  Why not?  Abortion doesn’t take a life?  We can believe that one too.

The sonnet mounted on the Statue of Liberty reads, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses…”. Maybe we should add give us your ridiculous story too.  We believe almost anything.  You see, a lack of knowledge combined with a lack of common sense is catastrophic but so very common.

In the Bible, the book of Proverbs says this, “The simpleton believes every word he hears, but the prudent man looks and considers well where he is going.”

Can we just get a few more folks who don’t believe everything they hear?

Common Sense: Rest In Peace

Two years ago former U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner was accused of sending a sexually suggestive photograph from his twitter account.  The photo was sent to a twenty-one year old college student from Seattle, Washington.  This young college student was one of many who followed Weiner’s twitter posts.

Initially, Weiner denied sending the picture and blamed the photo on others who were trying to discredit him.

Shortly after this a second woman came forward with sexually suggestive material that had been sent to her by Weiner.  As the evidence began to mount against him, Weiner finally said this, I have not been honest with myself, my family, my constituents, my friends and supporters, and the media and to be clear, the picture was of me, and I sent it. He also said he had engaged in several inappropriate conversations conducted over Twitter, Facebook, email and occasionally on the phone and had exchanged messages and photos of an explicit nature with about six women over the last three years.  On June 16, 2011, Weiner resigned his seat in Congress.

CNN reported last week that just over a month after entering New York City’s high-profile mayoral race this year, Anthony Weiner has moved ahead for the first time in the crowded Democratic primary and is actually leading in the polls. Weiner is again involved in politics.

So, we had a congressman who engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior and then lied when he was caught.  Now the people of New York City are supporting him in his new quest to become mayor.  Do you ever find yourself just shaking your head and wondering what ever happened to common sense? Most of us would never hire someone like Weiner for our businesses yet some folks will elect him to run their city.

I am reminded of James 1:5 that says this, If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.  Perhaps many in our country should all ask for a liberal dose of wisdom.