|A magazine that is led by the Spirit must address issues that shake readers from apathy to action.|
SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI Some readers will wonder why an entire issue of the Pentecostal Evangel is devoted to secular universities. They will question the value of sending reporters to five campuses and asking them to visit fraternity houses, tailgate parties and sidewalk saloons. And they will protest having to read about the depraved lifestyles and philosophies that pervade our institutions.
Within days their letters of complaint will arrive on my desk. But that's all right, for God did not establish the Pentecostal Evangel to close its eyes to heartache and despair. A magazine that is led by the Spirit must address issues that shake readers from apathy to action.
Chronicling the spiritual crisis facing our secular colleges and universities is timely and important for three reasons:
Having graduated from a secular university (and later from a Bible college), I know the darkness that pervades non-religious institutions. From dorm rooms to lecture halls, Satan is having his way. Young minds are being destroyed. And we should be angry about it.
It's my prayer that this special edition will upset readers ... and prompt them to pray and offer financial support to university outreaches like Chi Alpha.
It's possible that campuses known for alcoholism and atheism today could be recognized as hubs of revival tomorrow.
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