Winter 2017 President's Perspective: Think About Such Things
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In the midst of a 24/7 news cycle and instant “breaking news” we all have become accustomed to shocking scandals, violence, terrorism and rumors of wars. We live in a chaotic world where our “smart” technology provides us with continuous updates and instant alerts that can quickly fill our minds with the persistent drumbeat of fear and uncertainty.
The Apostle Paul’s world was no different than ours. Paul was in prison for preaching the “good news” and the early church was caught in the era of Roman rule, the worship of many other gods and the potential for persecution and even death because of its faith in Jesus Christ. From prison Paul writes with great affection to the church at Philippi that was in the midst of chaos, where the followers of Jesus had every reason to fear that any turn of events could direct violence and threats of death toward them.
Paul issues a challenge for his day that applies to our own. He exhorts the Philippians to do the unimaginable when he writes, “Rejoice in the Lord always…do not be anxious about anything,” Philippians 4:4 and 4:6. Then in Philippians 4:8 he writes, “…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praise worthy—think about such things.” Paul is saying, that one of the greatest dangers faced then, and even now, is thinking about the wrong things and missing the good things God is doing in our midst. Isaiah records the words of the LORD, “See I am doing a new thing…do you not perceive it?”
This issue of ACCENT focuses on many good and excellent things happening at MNU and in our community: academic achievements, athletic recognition, selfless service to others and amazing achievements by our students, alumni, faculty and staff. It is our evidence of the power of God working in lives that have been transformed by power of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our Bright Futures vision for the university is based, not on the uncertainty or fear in our world but on “Pioneer spirit” and the legacy of God’s faithfulness through Jesus Christ.
As you read this issue of the ACCENT, take time to celebrate with joy the evidence of a God that is still at work at MNU. Every day he is evident and he is transforming the lives of all who call on his name. Let’s celebrate Him!
David J. Spittal