All people are in pursuit of happiness and utopia, the promised land. One regularly hears appeals for equitable distribution of wealth, protection of the vulnerable, for ubuntu, for the good old days. But happiness eludes humanity, regardless of all the advances of science.
The church and her preachers must have a loud enough voice to be heard over all the noise of the world. In this, Bible colleges have to serve as the arm of churches to provide capable preachers.
Lecturers have to be good role models to build and restore confidence in the Bible.
But why is the world as it is today? It is the result of the fall into sin, mankind’s chronic selfishness as sinners. In addition, the world is under the wrath of God (Romans 1:18-32). The Bible is the only adequate answer: through new hearts in Christ. When our vertical relationship is restored with joy, we can work on our horizontal relationships too.
But we must use the Bible in a way that shows its relevance to all matters. All courses must be biblically based to produce a holistic worldview in students. Search the Bible for precepts, principles or precedents in answering the questions of students. Lay current issues before students for discussion and see that they tackle the issues from a biblical perspective. Their confidence in the Bible should not be skin-deep but life transforming and very satisfying. Their excitement will be contagious.
(Dr Conrad Mbewe, chancellor of the African Christian University, Zambia.)
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