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Thursday, April 16, 2009

A Blog From Before

I was recently searching through our filing cabinet in attempt to find my old resume and cover letters. Rather than finding what I was looking for, I found many memories from my past. Some of these flashbacks included letters from friends and articles and pictures of people who have come and gone in my life. One think struck my interest in particular. I found the letter to the editor that I wrote back in college. When reading it again, I was reminded of the turmoil it caused across the UNI campus. I remember the phone calls, emails, and letters in reply of people trying to bring me back to God. I remember the church I wrote of, sending me apologies and asking me for forgiveness. I felt like I had to escape the madness of the mess! I laugh now, and thought I could share the letter that was published in The Northern Iowan back in April of 2003.

"No matter who you are or where you're from, we're glad you're here."For those of you that are unfamiliar with this phrase, these words are heard every Sunday at St. Stephen's Catholic Student Center. It's hard to believe I once found comfort in these words.

That comfort pretty much vanished and I never understood why until I was seated at a restaurant right next to a group of studens who I recognized as peer leaders from St. Stephen's. As I ate, the carrying voices of these "Christians leaders" ridiculed numerous students on the UNI campus. They mainly focused on physic majors, NAMING and rating people by their appearance and actions, although the physics majors were hardly the extent of their taunts.

Normally I would disregard these comments, but these students spoke with arrogance and no respect or consideration for those around them. I admit, I'm not the perfect Christian and I have done my share of making fun. Nobody is perfect, but if you're going to label yourself as a Christian leader who, in the words of St. Stephen's mission statement, "profess and proclaims Gospel vaules, " I think you should apply that in your faith life as well as your social life.

If you feel the need to make discriminatory judgements, then do so, but from now on, please keep them to yourselves and remember the teachers of Matther 7:1-2, "Stop judging others, and you will not be judged. For others will treat you as you treat them."

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