Let me ask y’all one question. How can you have a campus christian ministry, that preaches the great word of God, that is ashamed of having Christ in the ministry’s name?
I find this story very interesting because there is a Campus Crusades for Christ at my university. They are huge, in fact. I believe that it is the biggest Christian student organization on campus. And I will see first hand the decision to change its name to “Cru.”
Cru. What is Cru? It’s absolutely nothing. It’s meaningless.
The Vice President was interviewed in this article about the name change. The group’s decision to change its name is laughable.
Let’s go through the reasons.
- The name was getting in the way of accomplishing their mission. (Which is? How was it getting in the way?)
- Christians and non-Christians like were being alienated by the name (By the name of Christ? Which is who you preach for? Interesting… And why were they feeling alienated? In what ways?)
- Overseas sensitivity (Sensitivities to what? Sellers doesn’t expand on this point.)
- It was becoming a hindrance because people were referring it back to the middle ages- forcing Christianity on the world (Christ’s name as a hindrance? I would like to know how many people feel offended hearing the word “crusade”)
- Taking Christ out of their name would help them more effectively serve their mission and teach the Gospels
- It will enable them to have conversations with people who would otherwise be turned off by a more “overtly Christian name.”
This last point that Sellers makes is extremely laughable. They cry, “Oh. Taking Christ out of our name doesn’t change our mission!” Well, it kind of does. It seems as if the Campus Crusades for Christ is embarrassed by having Christ in their name. They’re a bunch of pansies. They’re cowardly. They’re being oh so politically correct. They’ve completely lost it.
They are no longer a voice for the Word of God or for Christ. Jesus said, “For is anyone is ashamed of me and my words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when he comes in his own glory and in the glory of the Father and his holy angels.” (Luke 9:26)
“Because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.” (Revelations 3:16)
The former Campus Crusades for Christ are lukewarm. They are ashamed of Jesus and his word. They are pitiful beings with no spines. I hope they receive a wake up call soon.
And I do hope and pray that students at my university will look for a new ministry that is more committed to Jesus Christ. Maybe the Catholic Campus Ministry. 🙂
My goodness. As if we don’t have more important things to worry about.
New York City has put up a street sign (Seven in Heaven Way) to commemorate seven firefighters who died on September 11, 2001 trying to save the victims in the Twin Towers.
A group of atheists, New York City Atheists, has challenged the street sign, saying it’s in violation of the separation between church and state. They are prepared to sue if the city does not change the sign. Their proposal: “We Remember the 7-911.”
How lame is that name? It shows no emotion. If the families of those firefighters had an issue with the sign, I might lean more towards taking it down. But it doesn’t seem they do.
The group also claimed that “heaven” is a “clear reference to Christianity.” It may be, but Judaism and Islam also believe in a heaven and refer to it as “heaven.” So the group is false in claiming it is only a reference to Christianity.
I hope and pray to God that NYC does not change the name of that street sign. I think it’s a great reflection of the morals and values our country was founded upon. It the group sues the city, I pray to God that the judge sees that it’s not in violation of the separation of church and state. It’s what our country is. The sign is honoring those firefighters in a respectful, powerful way, acknowledging the good that they did brought them to eternal bliss is heaven.
“I will give you the keys of the kingdom of Heaven: whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven; whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 16:19)