Sometimes I find it difficult to grasp the ultimate purpose of higher learning. Please don’t misunderstand me. I get the concept of furthering one’s education in preparation to enter the working world. I just don’t understand the purpose of some things being taught.
Such as the recent fiasco of a classroom assignment to stomp on the name of Jesus. It went pretty viral… If by some chance you missed it and so choose, you can read the article here.
From what I gather, the intent of the assignment was to focus on the importance of symbols in culture. Personally, I’m glad someone in the room was bothered by the activity. But I wonder, what if…
…rather than getting suspended for refusal, the student had reminded those in the room of another time when Jesus was stomped, beaten, whipped, and crucified? What if they had been introduced to a scene of angry religious leaders screaming, “Stomp (crucify) Him! Stomp (crucify) Him!?” Maybe it would have been appropriate to acknowledge to the professor that this wouldn’t be the first time the student stomped on the name of Jesus (at least, if I were the student, I could have made this claim). Could this have been, rather than a time to fight for personal religious freedoms, an opportunity to redeem the time, by sharing of the cruel bludgeoning Jesus endured for those who stomp on His name?
Honestly… seriously honestly, I’m all for standing up for the name of Jesus. I am. I’m even more for standing with those who stand up for Jesus, as we should.
A follow up on this story will show that people responded loudly enough to cause the University to back down on its attack against this student. Many are applauding this effort by bloggers and others; I am one. I even hear the university is being scrutinized for its choice of assignments. Still, I can’t help but wonder, what if…
I know. This is all speculative and hind-sighted. Truth is, if I’d been there, I’m pretty sure my reaction would have been the same as the student’s. Good reactions? Best reactions? Don’t mind me; just thinking on paper.
- UPDATE: Florida Atlantic University Apologizes For Jesus Stomping Class (mikesright.wordpress.com)
- College Suspends Student For Refusing To Stomp On ‘Jesus’ (mikesright.wordpress.com)
- -Student In Trouble with University Because He Refused to Stomp on Jesus? (answersforthefaith.com)
- University Says Sorry For Stomp on Jesus Class Exercise (thecollegefix.com)