Truth Is, If I’d Been There

What do you think of Jesus?

What do you think of Jesus? (Photo credit: lucianvenutian)

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.

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Seeking the rest that is only promised and found in Christ Jesus, along with my treasured wife of more than twenty-five years, we seek to grow in our relationship with our Heavenly Father, walk with the Holy Spirit as He moves our hearts, loving others always as Jesus loves us, and carry the news of His glory, the wonderful gospel, that gives light and life where there once was only darkness.
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12 Responses to Truth Is, If I’d Been There

  1. The power of one . . . in this case, the power of One exercised through the one.

    I agree colleges and universities are becoming places where every effort is made to stamp out all things Christian, which is why it is soooooooooooo necessary to have an effective childrens and teens ministry, where from a very early age the children are taught to have a Biblical worldview and are taught *WHY* they believe WHAT they believe. Then, when they are faced with the ‘modern’ teaching at uni they will have the answers.

  2. Thank you for writing on this. It concerned me and remains concerning. I did like RJ’s prospective on this. I am not certain that the major networks cared but. . . the voice of the Christian crowd can be loud. I think the student handled it correctly, by the way. I have been catching up this evening. Sorry it took so long for me to respond.

    • mtsweat says:

      Thank you for your response, they are always welcome as we struggle to follow in Jesus’ footsteps. I like your mention of the Christian crowd. I truly believe we could be impacting society a whole lot more if we’d become one voice (His voice) and stand for what is right. This article proves as much. It’s also always right for all believers to stand with fellow believers. Blessings to you good friend.

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  4. RJ Dawson says:

    So, if I get this right, everyone else in the class did the stomping. But it makes national news because ONE person refused? And it made national news through non-MSN media? And the entire university apologizes? That’s the power of real Christianity. The Great Awakening is coming forth.

  5. JessicaHof says:

    There’s wisdom and then there’s cleverness – and some folk are too clever by half.

  6. Rob Barkman says:


    Our institutes of “higher learning”are taking our children down the path of unbelief and denial of God’s Word. Any Christian parent should stop and realize they are paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to send their children to universities that will do everything in their power to destroy their child’s faith. In all this we can see the great need for more Christian colleges and universities that will prepare our children for the job market and changing economic times in an atmosphere of spirituality.

    Thanks for bringing up this very important issue. Lord bless you my friend.

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