Letters to the EditorNov. 14, 1997
Religious arguments need to end
I''ve just about had it with current Christian arguments lately. Now, you'll have to forgive me for not end-noting this letter with Bible verses, but I don't think I have to. Hopefully, I can put an end to all this nonsense. First, the infamous yet oh-so-holy prayer tent/wall/shrine. It's ugly. Regardless of what you believe, if you're for or against it, we can all admit that. It's one of those ideas that looks like a tent on paper and then in reality it's a ... tent. Second, the 'What Would Jesus Do' bracelets. Another great idea that someone is cashing in on right now. Face it folks, it's a fashion statement, not a ticket to salvation (although I do know one fellow who uses it to get dates). To be honest, I haven't yet figured out exactly what Jesus would do in a lot of situations, and I think that most people who wear the bracelet haven't either. If it makes you feel good that's great, but it probably makes the people who market them feel a whole lot better. Finally, adorning yourself with Christian paraphernalia/propaganda. I wear a gold cross inside my shirt. The only reason I do is so that if I get killed and end up as John Doe, I'll hopefully get a Christian burial. I think the reason people wear a lot of Christian jewelry is for the same reason people pierce their noses: to get attention. If symbols are so fundamentally important to the Christian faith, why aren't there many at this Baptist university? (The only one I can recall is a statue of Jesus by Bennett Auditorium.)
I'm a very spiritual person, although many people would doubt it. I'm Christian, and I don't need anything more than the shirt on my back to remind me of it. Why? Because I believe wholeheartedly in the two most important commandments. I love my God and all I need to do to strengthen that is to look at a tree, or a bird or anything beautiful that is ultimately His creation. I love my neighbor and all I need to do to strengthen that is to celebrate the diversity between us; not by race or religion, but from person to person. So, if you want to pray in a tent, or wear a bracelet, or put on some jewelry do it for yourself, and respect and rejoice those who do otherwise.
Jason L. Lundquist
Political Science '99
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