These new questions led me to do something totally abnormal for my frat pack of jocks and hardcore party people: start a Bible study. I admit that, fueled mostly by my newfound fear and anxiety, I also saw an opportunity to improve our fraternity’s free-falling reputation. And if I could pass off my new interest in God as a PR move, then my real motivation could remain secret. After all, normal people don’t go around thinking about dying and eternity and the meaning of life every day, do they? And technically, it probably shouldn’t have been called a Bible study. This was more of a “try...
Jesus said, “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also” (Luke 6:27 – 29). Normal says to hate your enemies. Jesus says to love them. Normal seeks revenge on those who hurt you. Jesus shows you how to be kind to those who harm you. If someone hits you, then normal swings back. Jesus teaches you to turn the other cheek. Let’s be honest. This is not only counterintuitive to everything we learned on the playground in elementary school; it’s just downright weird....
These red-yelling words of Jesus struck me full force. Many are on the road to destruction. Few are on the road to life. Where was I? Was I driving with the flow of traffic racing blindly down the wrong highway? Or was I heading in the right direction along with a few others down a one-lane road? Although I wanted to believe I was one of the few, my heart knew I was stuck in a traffic jam. Jesus’ words screamed like a big neon sign, pointing out a route that I had failed to notice as I tried to keep up with the convoy of normalcy. The truth of his words suddenly seemed so clear. The majority...
Perhaps the most immediately noticeable change was my commitment to purity — no more sex until marriage. To say the least, my sex-obsessed buddies thought I had really lost it and had drunk more than my share of the bad Kool-Aid. Several frat guys even wagered a hundred dollars that I wouldn’t last one month without going back to my old ways. For the record, they lost their money!