I am not a fan of blanket statements, so I was very disappointed when a letter to the editor on Wednesday included a blanket statement. The letter assumes that every club falsely plays the “Jesus card” and has nothing to do with Christ.
I admit that many clubs on campus do not project themselves in a good light, especially in light of recent events. Bad news often overshadows good news, because human nature tends to lead us to be interested in the prurient side of things.
I cannot help but feel offended by the letter because one of our new members was quoted about his spiritual life in the article to which the letter refers. I do not mean to simply advertise my own club or set it up on a pedestal as an ideal club or one that is better than all the others. But I would like to make mention of our club’s purpose.
Our club was founded on the same principles as the Promise Keepers, hence Pi Kappa. At most of our gatherings, we recite our commitments and quote our theme passage of Philippians 2:1-11. We are a club committed to Christ and focused on the importance of relationships in our community. Our pledging process is one of building people up, not tearing them down. We teach lessons about the importance of Christian community through our pledging process. We are not elitist, because we include people in our activities who are not members.
I know there are a few other clubs out there that follow through with similar principles. Not all social clubs falsely play the “Jesus card.” There are some that do, but there are a few clubs (maybe not as noticeable) that actually act the Jesus card. I encourage everyone to find those clubs that do act in a positive, Christian manner and appreciate what they bring to this campus.
junior social work major from Collierville, Tenn.