As a first-semester undergrad, I ended up in Principles of Sociology with a really intimidating, really tall, really loud professor. (Though he is now retired, I’ll refrain from naming him outright, and instead call him RP.) I didn’t know what Sociology was when I signed up for the class, but I knew pretty early on in the semester that (a) it would make by brain hurt, and (b) I would end up as a soc major. My roommate at the time, who also ended up a soc major, and I still reminisce about RP, especially how frightened we were of him but also just how much of an effect he had on our thinking.
On the very last day of class that first semester, RP told us straight up that if we wanted to make it as a Christian in today’s society, we better batten down the hatches and live in community. He didn’t give us a list of ways to accomplish that or explain what that might look like, but the simplicity of the message–and the conviction with which he said it–stuck with me for the last 10 years.
Sitting here typing this, I just asked J if he remembered what RP said on the last day of class, since J had RP that same semester but at a different time, and he said the same thing: “You won’t make it as a Christian apart from community.”
You won’t make it as a Christian apart from community.