Louie Giglio: Shaping a New Generation through OneDay03
- Friday, May 02, 2003
Louie Giglio: It's hard to generalize about college students or any demographic really, but for sure, I think there is a sense in all college students that these are critical days. Everybody wants a cause and everybody wants something that they feel is worthy of their life. And for some few, that's corporate America. But for most people, it's got to be more than that.
I think the dilemma is whether the believing students, the followers of Jesus, are going to cloister together and keep singing worship songs over and over and enjoy their faith and their walk with Christ 'til the end - or whether they're going to let God's heart start beating inside of their heart. If that happens, it's going to break their heart and propel them outside of their circles and outside of their buildings.
We've seen that the global mission of God is definitely resonating stronger than ever in the hearts of college students. More college students want to go to India, they want to go to Afghanistan, they want to go to Iraq, they want to go to China, and they are going around the globe to proclaim God's message. But the challenge comes when you get back home-how many of them are willing to go across the hall in the dorm, or across the hall in their fraternity house? That's where it takes your whole life. It's not just six weeks of being in a cross-cultural environment where, as a westerner, you are instantly attractive to a lot of people, especially in the east.
In some places, I see students that seem to be completely complacent. That's part of why we're coming on this field, to say, "God, we're sorry that we've hoarded Your kingdom. We've been inwardly focused more than outwardly focused." And one of the prayers that we'll pray in Sherman is, "Will You break our hearts for these students that are in our lives, on our campuses, in our classrooms, that live next door to us? And give us the passion to lay down our lives so that they can hear about the love of God. "
Crosswalk.com: Do you think this year be in light of the war ending and people feeling that maybe the end times are a little closer?
Louie Giglio: I hope this year is special. I've never ceased to be amazed at the resiliency of college students. We left on the Passion Experience tour in 2001 from Atlanta on September 11. The first night of our tour was the 12th and so we were on a college campus the morning after September 11 - and for the next eight weeks we were on college campuses. The protests and the peace movements were springing up, and the "let's-go-bomb-everybody" movements were springing up, but the flavor of the day was that college students are resilient. The campus is an island in so many instances and we could be at war with Iraq, but the sorority mixer is still going to happen Thursday night.
I'm in the other generation and for me, when we go to war, my heart stops and everything seems to change for me. But for these guys it's like, "Yeah, we're informed. We know what's going on. We're concerned, but we're going to go on about our lives, because class is rolling and we still have mid-term next week and I still have a project due next Thursday."
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