Feeling the Ripple Effect

In our current culture and society, there has been a strong shift from the Biblical view based upon gender being that of a man and a woman. Marriage being redefined and bathroom usage is just a ripple effect of this shift. Being gender neutral and inclusive are the hot topics of today. Using gender neutral pronouns to address people is another area of talk. The universities in America tend to lead the way in these areas. This is the day and time in which you and I find ourselves.

Homecoming is a tradition that has been celebrated for years in schools. During homecoming there is typically the crowing of a “Homecoming King & Queen”. This year at homecoming, Appalachian State has decided to move away from crowing a “King and Queen” to selecting “Homecoming Royalty.” This is another ripple effect of the shift in culture away from Biblical principles.

According to Appalachian State’s mission statement, one of the University’s goals is to, “promote a spirit of inclusion that inspires students, faculty, and staff to form relationships extending well beyond graduation.” In celebration of the University’s commitment to inclusion, we will be selecting 9 individuals who represent the best of the best that Appalachian State has to offer. They will be our Homecoming Royalty. Out of these 9 participants, the student body will crown one ” Top of the Rock”. Our selection process will remain the same, however, our pool of candidates will focus on who brings the most to our campus community. The homecoming committee is very excited to make these changes and cannot wait to see who will be crowned Top of the Rock 2016! (Taken from Appalachians website here)

According to ASU spokeswoman Megan Hayes, “Appalachian’s Homecoming Committee annually reviews all of the Homecoming events as they strive to improve the Homecoming experience for our campus, community and alumni.” The Homecoming Committee looked at homecoming celebrations across the state and nation and had several discussions about finding a balance between honoring the past while also showing support for the evolution of the university’s traditions, Hayes said. “The Homecoming Committee’s primary purpose for the change is to select the best student representative for Appalachian State University based on campus involvement, community involvement and academics — regardless of gender,” she added. (Taken from The Watauga Democrat. Read entire article here)

San Diego State University seems to have led the way last year when they instituted similar changes. The University of Wisconsin- Stout followed suit this year along with Appalachian State. I could also find a few high schools that had made similar changes last year and this year. I can see this as a strong shift gaining speed quickly. The more media attention the quicker it will spread across the country. Where will the ripple end?

This is the physical visible results of us wrestling “against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” from Ephesians 6:12. Satan has capture the college campus and has marked his territory!

As campus workers, we find ourselves on the front lines. What can we do? I ask myself this question often. We must fight back! Yes, we are wrestling a powerful enemy! The good new is we have the power of Jesus. Look at the comparison in Ephesians 1:19- 21 compared to 6:12 says, “And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church.” Jesus told us that all power is given to Him and them commissioned us to go out not enemy territory and spread the Gospel in Matthew 28:18-20.

On a daily practical level we must pray and pray hard over our campuses. We must pray for the administration, the faculty, and the students. Pray that God will give you an open door into reaching the administration and faculty. If this area is reached, it will trickle down into the student body. We must stand up for truth boldly, while preaching this same truth in love. Our presence of salt and light is needed more today than ever! You are so needed where you are at!  Stay faithful in your outreach and discipleship every week. God can and will use your influence to impact your campus in a mighty way. I believe with all my heart that the time is so urgent and imperative that we reach every campus in America saturating it with the Gospel! How will we ever turn America around? By reaching and teaching tomorrow’s local and world leaders on the college campus.

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”

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