May 13, 2019
This past weekend, I had the privilege of giving the commencement address to the largest graduating class ever at Truett McConnell University in Georgia. It's not easy to step out into this world, especially now, but the young people I met are ready. They've studied the Bible and grown in the faith. As far as I'm concerned, that foundation from TMU will take them farther in life than any degree ever will.
My advice to the Class of 2019 was simple: have the courage to follow God wherever He leads. That's a big challenge in today's culture. Just look at what's happening across other college campuses -- where Christians are harassed, ridiculed, even attacked. As I told them, there will be a lot of times in life when it feels like you're surrounded. When your adversaries are everywhere, your friends are nowhere to be found, and you have to ask yourself: How do I share the good news of the gospel? How am I to pursue what I've been called to and trained for?
I told them the story of Chesty Puller, the legendary Marine -- who, in the Korean War, was cut off behind enemy lines. The Army had written the 1st Marine Division off as being lost because they were surrounded by 22 enemy divisions -- that's 22 to one! Chesty pulled out his radio and told headquarters, "All right, they're on our left, they're on our right, they're in front of us, they're behind us...they can't get away this time!"
The opportunities for this generation -- and, frankly, for all of us -- are abundant. But we have to have the boldness to stand on holy ground, like Joshua. "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go" (Joshua 1:8-9, ESV). I believe we are living in a significant and unique moment. In fact, I believe if we could see this moment on the timeline of human history it would stand out as an incredible unfolding of the kingdom of God. And here is the exciting thing for college graduates all across the country -- we are privileged to be a part of it. This generation has been entrusted by God with this moment. Courage is what turns the pages of history.
Congratulations to everyone in the Class of 2019 -- and thank you, TMU for letting me share in the celebration of such an important day!
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.