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A final assignment
Jan Gompper
by Jan Gompper
July 7, 2024

As a former college theater professor, wanting my students to succeed was a double-edged sword. One side hoped they would fulfill their dreams. The other side feared they might do so.

God’s directive not to be “of the world” is challenging. The religion of secularism bombards us everywhere, and the arts often serve as a powerful pulpit.

Sadly, I have seen former students worship at secularism’s altar, abandoning biblical teachings regarding marriage, sexuality, worship, etc. Granted, we all sin and fall short of God’s expectations, but there is a graver danger when we deliberately and habitually turn a blind eye to God’s truths. Without repentance, hearts eventually grow calloused to the forgiveness Christ offers.

If I could go back, I would give my students one final role-play assignment: So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you” (Romans 12:1,2 MSG).