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This has really become something important to me lately...

In Diversity this morning we were "wrapping up the subject" and the question was posed by the profs: "I had a Hindu student from India who was this close to coming to Concordia. Do you think he would have been happy here?"

A few people said things like maybe, I don't know, but someone said something about Concordia students being mean. And that linked to something else that I've been thinking about lately. So here is what I said:

I think one of the reasons that Concordia students are mean, and I agree that some of them are, is because of a myth that many Lutherans have concerning our religion. We place so much emphasis on the fact that we are saved by grace and not by works that many Lutherans think good works are not necessary. It doesn't matter what we do because we're saved anyway. And I've also talked to someone recently who is not Lutheran and she was encountering Lutherans who misunderstood Baptism. They thought that they were saved simply because they were baptized. And they would act like it didn't matter what they did because they were baptized so they were going to heaven. And I think this is one reason why people on campus are not nice. And it's really wrong, but it's something that is so misunderstood. I had someone in Fish, someone who is in the pre-sem program, say to me the other day, when I said something to him about not being nice, "Did I ever say I was nice? Did I introduce myself, 'Hi, I'm _________ and I'm a nice person?' No. I never said I was nice..." etc. And I thought, Yeah, when you tell me that I'm ______ and I'm in the pre-sem program at Concordia, then yes, I expect you to be a nice person. If you are a Christian you are called to be a "nice" person. I couldn't believe it. And I just don't get it. I really don't. I think I said a few more things but that was the gist. We had to end on that note, too, cause we had a quiz to take. But as we were passing out the quiz my prof thanked me for sharing in class. That was pretty cool cause I didn't think she liked me very much; this is the class I've been skipping a lot.

"What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?" ~Romans 6:1-2

"So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!" ~2 Corinthians 5:16-17

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