The Calling & the Perspective

Today is commencement at Southeastern University. I’ve now been here four years, so many of the graduates this year started when I did. As I look back on these four years, they seem very short, in retrospect. They seem particularly short when I place them in context of the fifty-nine years I have now experienced. No, I’m not old—I’m seasoned.

I’ve been teaching at the university level for twenty-one years, yet it always remains fresh. Each semester I teach American history survey classes. One would think it might get boring, but it doesn’t. The mix of students is always different and unique. Those survey classes are also profitable for the kingdom of God. Bringing a Biblical perspective into American history is sorely needed in this day—and the students know so little of the history to begin with. In most cases, it’s not really their fault; they haven’t been taught.

I’ve also had the opportunity to develop some upper-level courses that take the students deeper. This semester I offered a historiography course that started with Biblical principles; we discussed just what it means to be a Christian who also happens to be a historian.

Then there was the course on Whittaker Chambers, a name unknown to most people. Yet his monumental autobiography, Witness, has made a profound impact on key individuals in America, most notably Ronald Reagan.

I firmly believe the Lord has called me to this missionary endeavor—yes, that’s precisely what it is. I’m taking the Gospel message into how we perceive the most basic events in our past, and then analyzing what is currently taking place in our society. Biblical principles form the grid through which we see all of life.

Thank you, God, for this very satisfying life’s work. My aim is to remain faithful to the call.