According to a recent national survey of college students, 32%
consider themselves religious believers, 32% are spiritual but not
religious, 28% are secular, and 8% were other. The majority of
students who fell under the religious or spiritual categories,
consider themselves Christian.
As the Christmas season lights up, students scramble to make wish
lists, book plane tickets home, and search for the latest
discounts. However, students in the George Washington University
Young America's Foundation chapter set out to remind their
classmates that there is true reason behind the holiday that goes
beyond giving and getting.
GW YAF organized a birthday celebration that will not be soon
forgotten. They threw a party for Jesus Christ! The event included
handing out birthday cake and having passersby sign a birthday card
for Jesus. A bold sign featured the phrase, "Keep Christ in
Christmas!" Lively Christian Christmas music was played to excite
passersby to the reason for the season.
The goal of this event was to evoke a message of the real meaning
of Christmas to those from all walks of faith or no faith. While
presents are fun to give and receive, Jesus Christ, the greatest
gift of all was born to save the world!
There were students wondered who's birthday it was, while some were
enticed by the free cake and refused to sign the birthday card.
Other students thought it was a thoughtful idea to begin their
Christmas season remembering the gift of Jesus. One GW professor
from Egypt commended the group for the refreshing message. In
Egypt, he stated, he would be at risk of persecution for merely
supporting the good news of Jesus Christ.
This successful event helped to foster a new understanding of the
holiday season on such a liberal campus. Jesus Christ came as a
gift to us and this Christmas season, we can all be grateful that
we live in a country where we can freely spread that
Written by Amanda Robbins, an officer of the George Washington
University YAF Chapter