Who Determines Your Value?
"No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away...Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."
The above quotation was taken from a commencement speech former Apple CEO Steve Jobs gave to a graduating class at Stanford University. The most shocking thing isn't the overall morbid assessment and acceptance of death from Apple's co-founder, who died after a battle with cancer. The most awkward reality is the complete utilitarian view of life that is propagated and accepted. It is a dangerous idea that has created inhumane results. These concepts bear the natural result of a world explained without God, which is the type of world most American students are taught to understand in their public education system.
Recently, a number of classes at Hillcrest have addressed the issue of abortion. Students are studying the detrimental effects abortion has on a socialistic and capitalistic government, they've have developed a new understanding of how this issue affects them. They've also talked about the re-ordering of language and their inability to speak-out against abortion, seeing that abortion has become an argument of "productive" and "beneficial" life for the unborn child.
In a recent Wall Street Journal article, Andy Couch responded to Mr. Jobs' message this way:
"This is the gospel of a secular age. It has the great virtue of being based only on what we can all perceive—it requires neither revelation nor dogma. And it promises nothing it cannot deliver—since all that is promised is the opportunity to live your own unique life, a hope that is manifestly realizable since it is offered by one who has so spectacularly succeeded by following his own "inner voice, heart and intuition.""
Students are engaging with the Gospel at Hillcrest, providing them with an unconditional hope that is sealed in the blood of Christ. Rather than hoping for life to be significant because of it's outcomes, Hillcrest students are hearing life is significant because of from whom it comes.
Having a comprehensive Biblical worldview directs students back to the hope of Jesus Christ, the Creator and Sustainer of all things. Pray for our students as they're challenged to not only understand this reality, but to communicate it to their friends, family and other image-bearers of Christ in their world.