The full validity of the title is yet to be determined, but this is truly a startling (and extremely exciting) development for the Church on campus. Now I know this calls for the sending of e-mails by pastors, mothers and the like to ask if the church has been smoking dope to inspire this crazy idea, but please take a quick moment to read the rest before you do. (for the record, there is no marijuana usage)
Through various relationships that are forming between the Church (Christian students on campus) and a locally renown fraternity, a coalition could possible be created on the basis of the gospel and fellowship. The tall fence and spacious lawn dividing the Church and frat houses on campus must be torn down and paved in radical fashion. What better way to do so than for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship to throw the best party UMass has seen all semester?
The late-night gathering will be labeled the “Sin Party” and will allow everyone to vocalize and confess their sins in a public manner. The intent is not to condemn, but to celebrate mutual brokenness that is no different between frat brother and church goer. The focus will be to develop relationships with fellow students and love them as Christ would.
And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” -Mark 2:16-17
InterVarsity will not provide alcohol but by no means will they send home innebriated individuals. Stay tuned for more details, and keep us in prayer as we work out the details.
If this makes you uncomfortable… good!
To Him be the glory.