Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Example Myth #2

The myth: Example is elitist.

The Truth: Example is not elitist. It does not think its members are better than anyone else. In fact, at every Example event we talk about how we are all sinful and in need of the forgiveness Christ offers to us through His death on the cross.

Yes, Example reaches out to students that don’t drink and use. Too often loud voices win. Too often loud, drunken voices make it seem like everyone is drinking and using drugs. They aren’t.
Example events prove that and we want students who have decided not to drink to know they are not alone. It takes courage not to drink and live in obedience to God’s commands.

Example fiercely promotes that choice.
Example unabashedly encourages that choice.
Example passionately defends that choice.
Example fervently upholds that choice.

However, Example also welcomes anyone who has made the wrong choice.
Example points a finger at no one.
Example exists because it recognizes everyone is sinful.
Example exists because it wants to help people avoid the tragic effects of drug and alcohol use. Christ’s mission was to seek and save the lost.

That same Gospel message is found in Example: Christ has saved us from all of our sins including the lying, the cheating, the sexual promiscuity, the deception and debauchery associated with drinking and drugs. Our response to that eternal love defines Example’s purpose. Living a drug-free life is one way we can thank our Lord for everything He accomplished for us.

Is that easy to do? Certainly not.
Is it impossible? Certainly not. With Christ’s redeeming love as our source and motivation, all things are possible.

“I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13