Wallace Henley: An Open Letter to 2019 College Graduates

Dear May 2019 Graduates:

You are stepping into a world undergoing a “Globequake.” Mighty tectonic shifts spiritually, philosophically, politically, and culturally are shaking the West and tremoring throughout the nations.

This means you are also entering a world where much opportunity awaits. Changing times always call for the best in us.

In the midst of the fragmentation, be a person who unites and heals.

In the midst of the upheaval, be a person of peace.

In the midst of confusion, be a man or woman of truth.

In the midst of a world that knows love only as eros, be an individual who walks in agape—the unconditional love modeled by the Lord Jesus Christ.

In a world dissipating its energies and destroying itself, be an edifier.

Here are seven actions that will help you manifest the qualities described above:

1. Repair, restore, and build upon the true foundations.

The world you enter as a graduate is pounding away at the foundations based on Psalm 33: “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” Psalm 11:3 asks, “If the foundations are destroyed what can the righteous do?” The “righteous” are not religious pretenders or stern authoritarians, but people seeking to walk in a transcendent quality of life. They also maintain their personal foundations.

2. Always keep the Kingdom of God first in your focus.

Seek first God’s Kingdom and His righteousness, said Jesus. (Matthew 6:33) Romans 14:17 reveals that the Kingdom is characterized by “righteousness” (both “goodness” and “justice”), peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. As a young man I worked in the White House, helping shape and apply public policy. I came away from Washington with an enduring and intensifying conviction that there can be no better vision for society than the Kingdom of God as described in Romans 14:17.

3. Dare to be counter-cultural.

To embrace and live by the principles of Christ’s Kingdom will put you in opposition to popular culture. The Chaldeans, the keepers of political correctness in ancient Babylon, tried to lure Daniel into the lifestyle of the king. But Daniel made up his mind that he would not “defile himself” at the king’s table. (Daniel 1:8) Determine now that you will not be defiled by the spirit of the age. Take Romans 12:1-2 seriously. Give your whole being to God, and don’t be conformed by the age in which you live, but renew your mind in and through the mind of Christ.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Wallace Henley