I’ve mentioned a number of cases where Christian groups are being banned by universities on one pretext or another. Of course, in a secular way, such persecution is disgusting.
But if we look at it from the perspective of eternity, it looks very different.
God is allowing these hateful and malicious persons to reveal themselves. He is allowing them to target the real Christians on campus. And He is allowing them to say, thereby, “These are the real Christians, the ones whom the world hates. These are the ones who are despised, who won’t conform, who we fear and hate.” He is making the world proclaim the truth of the Gospel.
Most universities have a range of groups onsite which call themselves Christian. These range from chaplaincy groups, to denominational societies, down to groups of unbelievers with a religious bent. Quite often, the unbelievers point to these, and ask rhetorically, “why do you think you’re special?”
But now God has allowed a persecution to take place. And … some are found worthy, and some are not. And the judgement is proclaimed on university noticeboards, and in the press.
Praise God that Exeter University Christian Union was found worthy a couple of years ago. And that the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship at Tufts University has been found worthy as well.
Always good to see God vindicating his name!