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From the editor
In January 2015, hundreds of LCMS college students converged in St. Louis for the second National Campus Ministry Conference, called “Taboo.” (Learn more about it here.)
In a time when anything goes, when sex and pornography and abortion and polyamory are accepted as normal, when college campuses are inundated with values and ideals contrary to Scripture and to what we confess as Lutherans, very few things appear to be truly off limits to our young people—to us as the Church—anymore.
“The only thing, it seems, that is taboo anymore is whether or not we as the Church believe we have anything to say about [these issues],” the Rev. Marcus Zill, director of LCMS Campus Ministry, told the students in attendance.
But we do! “Defending the faith, especially in university classrooms and college quads, will be one of the most difficult things you’ll do,” the Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, president of the LCMS, added. But through the conference, and the presentations given, which are also found in a shortened printed form, on the following pages, “You’ll be reminded of the power of God’s Word. You’ll be reminded of the gifts given to you in your Baptism that enable you to confess what you know to be true on account of Christ. You’ll be reminded of Jesus, who sees nothing and no one as taboo, but who loves to forgive and comfort His children.”
Please join our young Lutherans in reading, sharing and discussing the taboo topics–the contraceptive culture, the death penalty, social media, sexual morality, depression, sin—they are discussing on their own college campuses every day.
And as you do, take comfort in what President Harrison also told those bold, young students: “You are baptized into Christ, and that means that your beliefs and confession will be taboo to the world. But . . . you are baptized into Christ, and that means that no college professor or campus group can snatch you from Him, from the One who loves you, who died for you and who rose again . . . all for you!”
Adriane Heins, Managing Editor
The Lutheran Witness