Christians can learn many important facts from non-Christian teachers. But they cannot learn the most important facts — or how to love them.
Here’s today’s question: “Dear Pastor John, I’m a female student at a secular university. I’m normally pretty joyful in my relationship with God and in day-to-day living. However, the wickedness of my surroundings continues to grieve me.
“Today in lecture I could barely keep from crying as we discussed a novel so full of depravity I decided to just read the Spark Notes of the book instead of the book itself. But even the summary is hard to read. My heart is so weighed down and broken. I feel that I am the only one who even senses the evil around me, and I mourn that I am in a setting that is forcing me into a knowledge that seems premature.
“I don’t understand their pragmatic justifications. Every poem, short story, and novel we have covered is filled with sex, rape, grotesque and graphic depictions of murder, infanticide, slavery, and cursing. It makes me so weary. And they call those things ‘morally ambiguous.’ What can I do? What should I do?” Pastor John, what would you say to this female college student?