Each day offers possibilities for faith sharing

Mike Ezekiel

Many students dread the day they walk toward the amphitheater on campus and see the man with a Bible in his hand, typically yelling at those listening.

Some might say, “Oh no, here we go again.” Others may think, “That babbling fool is up there again telling us all we are going to hell.” Many people tend to leave either laughing at the person or angry with him.

While it is a dreaded day for many, I welcome it.

First of all, I do believe in the First Amendment. Everyone should have a right to say what he or she believes, as long as it doesn’t cross the line of threatening or disturbing the peace, specifically those in class.

Second, with the First Amendment in mind, I notice people become more open to sharing their religion and spiritual philosophies. Often times, religion can be a touchy subject, according to a study from learnlab.org.

According to the study, “Questions asking about income or the respondent’s religion may fall into (the sensitive questions) category; respondents may feel that such questions are simply none of the researcher’s business. Questions in this category risk offending all respondents, regardless of their status on the variable in question.”

I, along with many, sometimes disagree with the way our bold friends at the amphitheater handle their business, but in spite of that, they impact our campus for the better.

As a Christian myself, I saw something encouraging walking through The Commons last semester the same day a preacher came to campus. I walked by three girls, one of whom seemed nervous about what the preacher said at the amphitheater and unsure about her faith.

The other two girls, who appeared to be Christians, were talking to her, trying to calm her down. They were answering the questions she had and helping her understand the things she wanted to know. I walked away with a great feeling.

The following week, I walked in Flowers Hall to wash my hands in the restroom. As I approached the sink, I saw a one-page letter written. Someone wanted to share their belief and provoke someone’s thoughts anonymously.

Although I am a Christian, I realize not everyone sees spiritual things the way I do. I also realize other people may not be Christians. Not everyone has the same experiences or was raised the same way.

No matter what you believe, I suggest three things: Do not be ashamed of what you believe in, be open-minded and be respectful of other people and their beliefs.

At the end of the day, no one can change your beliefs. Others can influence your choices, but only you can make that decision.