"Enlisting in a Warfare"
May is graduation month, and all over the country young men and women will hear commencement addresses that will send them on their way out into the world. In his column today, World Magazine Editor Marvin Olasky shares the words of J. Gresham Machen (1881-1937), who was . . . the commencement speaker at Virginia's Hampden-Sydney College on June 9, 1929. I encourage you to click the link and read it. Even 76 years later, I believe it still sums up what all of us, graduates or full-fledged adults, face as Christians in the world today.
Olasky reports that Machen, who was soon to be run off by theological liberals at Princeton Theological Seminary and would then be led to start Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, began his speech by saying, "It is a serious step, in these days, even from the worldly point of view, to become a Christian. . . . The man who today enters upon the Christian life is enlisting in a warfare against the whole current of the age."