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Pastor’s Letter, January 22, 2021
Follow-up to last week’s letter
I used to Live Here Too ...
… Yet another student protest at the University of Vermont
How come Bob Hope, Queen Sirikit, Frank Sinatra, Beverly Sills, Arthur Rubenstein, and the Berlin Philharmonic chose to come to Ambassador College yet they never thought to come here?
You didn’t have to be discontent, anti-religious or defiant to authority to attend here – but it helped - if you wanted to have many college friends. God began calling me soon after I arrived on campus and I was immediately surprised and dismayed that so much of the campus leadership was discontented. Fortunately I soon realized that most prevailing philosophies on this campus were lost causes as I contrasted them with what I was beginning to learning from the church.
Confusion in Israel
Below is a collection of actual student protest slogans on campus when I was there.
Down With the Establishment !! Be the Noise & Resistance !! Get involved! Get Vermont out of the United States !! Evening auto mechanic classes for Women – Come rap about cars Get so independent that you will never have to depend on a man ever again !! All Power to the Sisters!! No one tells me what I Can and Cannot do with my body !! Free the Chicago 7 and Free Angela Davis and Free my professor who got thrown in a Washington D.C. jail for occupying a highway bridge while protesting God is an undefined term.. There are no absolutes Police are Pigs Be the Noise Get rid of curfew hours
Feel free to protest anything – as long as you agree with us Don’t tread on me! I Admire anyone in search of the truth and be skeptical of anyone who claims to have found it Seek meaning in astrology Police Brutality and the Resistance? Stalin is a good guy Impeach God Read my book In The Defense of Anarchy
As I watched these discontented students, I wondered
- OF WHAT SPIRIT ARE THESE PEOPLE ?????
As said in I Corinthians 14:33, God is not the author of confusion and what you see here is unbridled borderline chaos. To be fair, the campus was not always in protest mode. It had some good moments and always had many well-intentioned people. Moreover I was elated to meet and be taught by a brilliant professor there.
However, like so many other institutions of this world, this university did not have a purpose bigger than itself. It did not know the way to happiness. (Jeremiah 10:23 Jeremiah 10:23O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walks to direct his steps.
American King James Version×) It accommodated many lifestyles and choices that led to unhappiness and empty disillusionment. Moreover it increasingly disdained the Bible. At its best, it taught some of its students on how to make a living but it did not teach its students how to live. The atmosphere between Ambassador College and the University of Vermont was as different as night and day. One emphasized giving and the other stressed getting. God was vividly present at one and definitely not at the other. However when I considered switching schools, Ambassador counseled me to finish at the University of Vermont first and so I did.
Staged death of bicyclists A.C. home of joy and no protests 4 Students Shot dead at Kent State during campus protest
There was such a contrast between A.C. and where I originally began. One school was politically dominated and thoroughly divided into endless subgroups while the other focused on character development to recapture true values.
It made me wonder how much of the University of Vermont’s campus life mirrored Satan’s realm with his discontented demons. I can just see Satan and his demonic cohorts chanting the following protests:
Down with the angels that have not yet sided with me Get planet earth out of the solar system !! Discover self-awareness at next demon rap session In the Defense of Anarchy Let’s cause another worldwide flood There is no difference between the sexes We love peace so much that we will fight for it If Christ tries to come back, be the noise and the resistance!! All Sabbatarians are self-righteous! Have pity on the devil Question authority (and be one of us) I’ve been cheated - been mistreated - when will I be loved?
As you well know, we are living in challenging times. I urge you all to read Victor Kubik’s latest minister and member letter from yesterday (forwarded separately) regarding the book of Jeremiah and its relevancy for our present time.
We had a lovely Sabbath in Ocala last weekend. Pictures below captured some of the convivial atmosphere that was shared by all who came. This week Court Greenfield will have the sermon and we anticipate the arrival of Charlene Bratnick, a long-time member who has moved into the area. Also Sharri Swindle is hoping to be there in spite of her challenging health situation.
We were blessed to have both Jeff Lockhart and visiting elder Jim Kocher speak to the brethren. Having them plus the McQuearys and Zahoras with us helped round out the attendance. This weekend Chuck Smith will speak to the congregation.
This week Mike McCarty will speak to our group in Tallahassee. Several members worked at the “farm” where the majority of our services will be taking place. The farm is a large cottage just outside of Havana, FL. I plan to be there next Sabbath and hopefully meet with a couple of people that I have not yet met with.
We were glad to see Carol-Lynne rebound from the Covid experience that she had. She plans to be at church tomorrow. There will be a pot luck meal tomorrow as well as it will be the Veller’s last official time to come to Vero Beach to speak.
Best wishes to all, bv
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