This week, as our students arrived back from Spring Break, we dove right into an outreach week on campus. Nothing elaborate, but driven by a desire for our involved students to continue to grow in overcoming their fear of talking to people about spiritual things and giving them the chance to practice doing so. It has been really fun so far–we all have been wearing T-shirts that say “Think” on the front and “What’s your perspective?” on the back. Then we have had a table in the Union Building where we asked people walking by “Can we get your perspective?” and inviting them to participate in a discussion where they get to select cards that represent how they think about spiritual truths in topics like “Meaning and purpose of live” and “the Nature of God” and “Who is Jesus?” The cards are called Perspective Cards. It has been so fun engaging with a diverse group of NAU students and seeing how they view the world and spirituality. We have found many are open to hearing the Biblical perspective after they share theirs. While many reject it for a variety of reasons, we are excited that we are able to listen first, engage respecfully, and then encourage them to consider the Christian worldview (some hearing it for the first time).
Both Jeremiah and I enjoy talking to people about spiritual topics, and find that doing so only makes us more passionate to share about Jesus with people. This is because we see all the more clearly how so many worldviews don’t lead to hope and joy, and that only in the person of Christ do we find acceptance and love and hope that is not based on whether we measure up or on the ultimately illogical and dissatisfying concept that it doesn’t matter what you believe, as long as you believe it passionately.
It is fun also to see many of our students growing and taking steps of faith, realizing for the first time that it doesn’t have to be scary and can in fact be life-giving to engage with people in a real way about topics that really matter and that most people do want to think about, but maybe are afraid to vocalize until someone brings it up and asks.