Wednesday, October 12

Philosophy on Campus

The past few days the University has placed scratch boards up in the piano room on campus, which is a place to sit or visit, pound out whatever you like on the grand piano, or look at the art exhibits on the wall.  [We featured some of this art in this post.] Only one scratch board is up at a time with a small sign in the corner for the topic; two metal stylus pens hanging on the sides to scratch your thoughts; and the freedom to draw or write whatever you want about the topic.  The finished boards will be hung in the art museum on campus.

I missed the first two but was told that one of the topics was 'dreams'.  Before our group Bible study last night I  discovered this board- with the topic of Existentialism.
Given the difficulty proponents of existentialism even have in describing what it means, I was not surprised to see this definition or the wide variety of pictures and words on the board.
The students were, however, ready to supply quite array of beliefs-- mostly in words.
While I was observing, a young man named Angel, asked me if I was religious.  This gave me a delightful time to share God's truth with him.  Angel, a follower of Buddha was quite receptive and asked good questions.  He also accepted a Gospel booklet I had with me after I learned that he would only be in Miami three more weeks.
As I read and observed the board, I became sad to see again the thought processes of our college-age generation.  Much of the words and pictures were not what we would want to share here in a photo, but believe it is important for you to generally know what is taught, allowed, and done on the campuses of our universities.  It is their great need for why we are here.

At the top center of the photo below were etched the words, "Nothing is true". Knowing the Author of truth personally, I picked up the stylus and wrote those exclusive and cherished words from the Gospel of John, "Jesus said, I am the way the truth and the life."  There was space just begging to be filled with a visual of the cross.  I realize someone will probably scratch it out tomorrow, but perhaps another student, like Angel, will pass this way and read those words that give such clear direction for life.

"...He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. "  Phil. 2:8-12

  All the ends of the world 
  Shall remember and turn to the LORD, 
  And all the families of the nations 
  Shall worship before You. 
                                                 Psalm 22:27


  1. I pray that your "scratch" of John 14:6 and the cross will impact lives!

  2. Wow!!! What an incredible opportunity! An interesting way of freedom of speech and praying that all eyes will see, and really "see" the truth of the John passage you put on there so large. His Word will not return void!
    Love you!


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