Yesterday I shared the story of Brother Jed, a false teacher who has been spreading lies and hatred in the name of Jesus on my campus at Texas A&M University.
On Friday, my friends Lauren and Rebecca and I decided to meet on campus and quietly pray for God's love to shine through all the conflict and judgment. We asked Him to take the victory. Before we even began to pray, Rebecca embraced me with joy-filled eyes. "I've been praying about this all day," she said, "and I feel like the Lord has told me something. Texas A&M and its students are His. Satan is trying to win, but all he has is this tiny spot on campus. We will continue to pray for God's victory, but He has already won. He will use this for good."
The crowd was large again when we arrived at the plaza. We sat down at the edge of everything and began to sit in silence, waiting for the Lord to speak and give us words to pray. I began to listen to Brother Jed again, until I had to block him out to keep from feeling sick.
A new Christian spoke up and said, "I haven't been a Christian for long, so I haven't read the entire Bible yet, but you aren't speaking what the Bible teaches."
"If you haven't read the entire Bible, you are not a Christian," Brother Jed told her harshly.
I was disgusted by this exchange, but then I began to notice the smaller conversations that were occurring along the edges of the group. The more I watched these conversations, the more my heart began to fill with joy.
I saw a group of four or five students holding hands and kneeling together in prayer. I saw a group of eight or nine Christians talking in a lively but not angry way about the truth of the Gospel, not the lies of Brother Jed. I saw someone who was not a follower of Christ approach a Christian, who said, "Let me tell you the truth..." and the unbeliever listened. And they talked. And they were kind to each other.
Rebecca, Lauren, and I prayed quietly for a while, but the more good conversations we saw, the more joy filled our hearts. We beamed at each other and began praising God aloud. "You are so good, God. You are so powerful, God. Your love and compassion are beautiful, God. Thank You for showing Your love and glory in this situation. Thank You for bringing peace. Thank You for this victory!"
Again, I feel like I'm going on for too long. I will finish this story tomorrow (for real finish it this time)... I know this is a long story, but I am so filled with joy that I can't help but share it all!