Along with 500 other Biola students, I am a recent college graduate. Having been told that I am part of Christianity’s “best hope” for the future all weekend long, I have been convinced of one thing: the ability to impact the world in a significant way is not the property of the young or the educated. The young are often cynical, have too often quit loving this world and so have no desire to change it. The educated are often snobbish, too isolated to get their hands dirty. The ability to change the world is the property of those who believe in a mission, who have a calling to be a part of something that is larger than themselves. In this way, the ability is not even the property of Christianity, though Christianity claims the only means to eternal significance.
The Church will not live or die, rise or fall, on the strength of Biola and Torrey Honors Institute’s graduates (thanks be to God!). It will live or die, rise or fall on the strength of saints, an occupation open to all men and occupied by few. May all Biola grads and Torrey grads, as well as the whole Church of God, aspire to that office.
Matthew Lee Anderson is an Associate Professor of Ethics and Theology in Baylor University's Honors College. He has a D.Phil. in Christian Ethics from Oxford University, and is a Perpetual Member of Biola University's Torrey Honors College. In 2005, he founded Mere Orthodoxy.