Convocation 10/9/17: Michelle Williams and “Beyonce”

Today’s post is brought to you by Hilltop Pizza, the only pizza delivery service on campus. Hilltop Pizza, it beats starving, I guess.*

Monday’s convocation was simply fun. It did not try to be thought-provoking or overly spiritual, and it was better for it. Michelle Williams had a good time on stage and as a result today’s convo was probably the most fun one this semester. Her Beyoncé prank, while quite disappointing, was pretty funny in hindsight (Only one thing can cure that dissappointment, a large cheesy bread from Hilltop Pizza ). I also appreciated her gospel singing at the end, that is not a genre we hear often in convo (excluding LU Praise).

On a more critical note, I was not a fan of the champion of the month award. For one thing, champion of the month, at its core, is a contest over who is a better Christian (or champion for Christ, whichever you prefer). Ignoring that whatever metric they use to determine the winner will be completely arbitrary, comparing how “Christian” people are is inherently wrong. Secondly, competing the be the best Christian is explicitly condemned in the Bible. In Luke 22:24, the disciples argue over who amongst them is the greatest (for the second time). Jesus responds in verses 25 and 26, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors. But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves.” (NIV). Jesus reiterates this point in Luke 9:48, “For it is the one who is least among you all who is the greatest.” (NIV). Jesus criticizes the disciples who are trying to be the greatest, and instead says that the least of them is truly the greatest. The goal of our Christian walk should be to strive after God, not to aim to be the greatest Christian that no one ever was. While I understand their intent with champion of the month, I worry that a competition like that may incentivize the wrong goal.

Lightning Round:

  • But seriously, why were they advertising Hilltop Pizza in convo? Its been open for over a year now, and they updated their website almost a month ago.
  • How do you even compare two people to determine which is more Christian? Is the Pope more Christian than Jerry? Was Martin Luther more Christian than Billy Graham? Actually, That would actually make an interest game show, hosted by Jeff Foxworthy of course.
  • It does not take much effort to find the “Greatest Christian” because the Bible tells us in Matthew 18:1-5, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” (NIV). Obviously, the champion of the month contest should be looking at people at LCA.
  • Did they ever say what the prize is for winning the champion of the month competition? Maybe the winners gets a $15 Wal-Mart gift card. Or maybe they get offered a position as a campus pastor or as senior vice president of spiritual development.

 

Bible Verses Quoted: 1

Total Bible verses quoted all semesters: 42

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