I read an interesting article about how college and university students are expecting only to hear from people who share their viewpoints. They want to drive off campus anyone they disagree with. Truth is not as important to them as compared to sharing like viewpoints. The phenomenon is not new, but seems to have “snowballed” in recent years, helped along by social media.
In light of this situation, I came across what Smith Wigglesworth says in his devotional for May 17 with the title ‘Room For Jesus’ and found it interesting as it applies to the above. Instead of the word ‘homes’, the word ‘colleges’ can be substituted:
“Jesus said, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head” (Matt 8:20). Is this true? Yes, but at the same time, it is not true, He could have had a dozen beds. Then why did He not use them? For the simple reason that the people loved Jesus and wanted Him, yet they dared not have Him in their homes. If He would go to their homes, such convicting truths would fall from His lips that they could not stand in His presence. They wanted this holy, lovely Jesus, this beautiful Nazarene, and yet they did not want Him. Thus the Son of Man did not have any place to lay His head, so He spent His nights on the Mount of Olives.
But some do not want Jesus to come to their homes, and it is not because they have such great faith. They do not want Him to come because of the changes they would have to make in their lives. They know that if Jesus were to live in their hearts, their lives would be totally transformed. Many refuse salvation because they know they cannot continue to live in the same old ways; therefore, they do not invite Christ to their homes. Beloved, let us not be afraid to ask Him to come in to stay, Ask Him to give you grace to come to Him. He is not looking at our unworthiness, but at His worthiness. My whole heart cries out to God that I might touch Him afresh.”
George Orwell said, “The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it.”
I can’t help being drawn to these two portions of Scripture which tell us of the only true remedy in life:
Then Jesus said…“If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:31-32 NKJV)
“If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.” (John 14:15-18 NKJV)
Our Lord and Savior is the only true truth. Only in Him can one find completeness and real peace.
Peter perfectly describes these lost college and university students along with their faculty:
Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. (2 Timothy 3:7 KJV)
Oh Lord, have mercy on their souls. Only you can break down these walls of deception. Plant an extreme thirst within them that the world can’t quench. May they hunger for the real truth found only in Jesus Christ!