Undercover at Liberty
What if you were a person that did not consider yourself a Christian and you decided to enroll into one of the most conservative Christian colleges in the United States. That is exactly what Kevin Roose did and it lead to the book: “The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner’s Semester at America’s Holiest University.” This young man chose to transfer from Brown University to attend Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University all the time planning to write about his time at the school. (You can read the full article from NPR on by clicking on this Kevin Roose’s name.)
What I thought was interesting was the final couple of sentences in the article:
But there was just a little disappointment. “They thought, given the semester with me, that they would have done a better job of converting me,” Roose says.
They may have done a better job than they thought. Even though he’s back at Brown, Roose still tries to pray every day. He says the act of prayer changes him, referring to the writings of Christian author Oswald Chambers.
“He said that it’s not so much that prayer changes things as that prayer changes me — and then I change things,” Roose says. “That’s going to be important for me — to sit down every day and think about the problems and the challenges facing other people in my life, and really trying to increase my own compassion that way.”
What the students at the school saw as a loss of conversion was actually the starting steps to a young man becoming more familiar with Jesus. We need to remember that someone coming into a relationship with Jesus is not up to us, it is up to Jesus. We are just to share with everyone who He is and then leave the rest up to Him. We give ourselves to much credit when it comes to the process of someone coming to Jesus. In John Burke’s (Pastor of Gateway Church) book “No Perfect People” there is this statement: “Our responsibility is not to make people grow or change. Our task is to create the right soil, a rich healthy environment, in which people can grow up in faith until the invisible God is made visible through his body, the church.”
Sound like Kevin Roose encountered a group of people that were tilling the soil for growth. The question that I have for each one of us is, What are you doing to prepare the soil? If you are leading people what are you doing to e create this kind of environment? Who knows your best friend, your brother or sister, or husband or wife, may be the Kevin Roose in your life.