Restoring the Image
Greek Life, at a national level, has started a restoration process.
Restoring the image that fraternities and sororities once had is now becoming a priority.
In the past few years, there has been a major push towards anti-hazing, anti-alcohol abuse, and so on. Values-based recruitment, alcohol-free Greek Houses, learning-based communities, and a greater emphasis on serving all point to the workings of God who is in the business of restoring Greek Life in America.
The restoration process doesn't have to take dozens of years. When I was I member of my fraternity, within three short years our average chapter GPA increased from a 2.67 to a 3.33. In addition, all physical hazing was eliminated before I graduated. These are two small examples of God reforming the culture of our local fraternity in a short period of time.
Many people are still skeptical of Greeks across the board - parents, administrators, and anyone who has ever watched Animal House.
But that can all change within a matter of a few years.
The image can once again regain the honor and dignity that it had in the beginning. And not only do we have the opportunity to restore the image, but we have the ability to be creative in adding additional positive things to the image that weren't there in the beginning!
Since you are not only a fraternity or sorority member, but a human being, this restoration analogy can and will apply to the rest of your life.
Let's find out why.
Jesus came to make all things right, to bring order to chaos, to bring heaven to earth.
And this is now our responsibility - to bring heaven to every person, place, and thing on the earth.
This really messes with our heads.
You see, in a half-story type of Christianity, the heroes are the "professional" Christians who are really good at telling the story and inviting others to participate in the story.
But, in a full-story type of Christianity, where the goal is to invite people into the story and bring heaven to earth, then anyone can be a hero.
Ever feel worthless because you aren't a professional fraternity or sorority member? Perhaps you can't get a position on the exec board or you can't recruit as well as other brothers or sisters. You don't see yourself as a professional, doing the really important work, so you check out and become a background character.
This is why you'll find a lot of Christians limiting their spiritual life to going to church on Sunday, because they feel that they aren't spiritual professionals, able to do the really important work. And because they check out, the church isn't as it should be.
If you look at a really healthy Greek House, you'll notice that there is not only a push for recruitment, but a push for everyone to be a hero, for everyone to come together and do what they were created to do. The recruitment process is only the beginning of the restoration.
Every Christian can be a hero.
Michelangelo was a hero because he brought the beauty of heaven to the earth through his artwork. Teachers become heroes by bringing order and stability and character to kids in chaos. Lawyers become heroes by bringing justice to the places of injustice. Blue-collar workers become heroes for in-directly affecting millions by their service - building roads for us to drive on, building skyscrapers for us to marvel at, and bringing order to our homes when walls need beautifying or when the plumbing goes out.
These can all be examples of restoration, things becoming as they are supposed to be - if they are done to restore God's image, to bring heaven to earth.
Another characteristic of the half-story Christianity is that the rescue operation of Jesus has become the only operation.
That is why there are so many End Times books. The focus is on getting us out of here as quickly as possible before the end comes. They tell us to get rescued or get saved.
While the rescue operation is the climax of the story and needs to have a sense of urgency, if we spend 100% of our time talking about rescue, then we'll spend 0% of the time talking about restoration. This will result in the overall story being watered down. And when the story gets watered down, the image of God gets watered down.
Which sadly has already happened.
Without starting in the beginning of the story we miss out on the importance and significance of who we were created to be. And without hearing the end of the story, we will miss out on what we were created to do all along.
When we hear the half story (the middle of the story only), it sounds really confusing - "You are a sinner and you need to get saved. In lighter words, you are not as you are supposed to be and you need to be rescued."
The media has observed Christians practicing this half story and have made movies such as "Saved" as a result. Christians are viewed primarily as (and sometimes wrongly so) as condemners trying to get people on the right team.
Greek Life has fallen siege to the half story approach as well. Instead of looking at the beginning and the end of the story, critics have zoomed in on the middle. They see Greek Houses as places of sin that need to be dealt with harshly and with condemnation. What they don't see is the beginning of the story - when Greek Houses once had a clean image and a hopeful future. They also can't seem to picture a good ending for us - an ending that involves a resurgent attempt to restore the Greek image back to what it used to be.
Jesus came not only to rescue, but to restore. The rescue was the climax, the restoration is the resolution.
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