In order to become a member of the Christian community, many have given up hours on Pinterest to find the perfect calligraphy font or spent money on pseudo-adventurous clothing. For some, though, the sacrifice is greater than learning a new skill or purchasing a new wardrobe, and many are not willing to make it.
There is a growing population of spiritual misfits who have attempted to burst The Bubble through various heinous acts, such as asking questions, holding different political views, or experiencing doubt— acts which have landed them on the outskirts. Members on the inside retain their Christian identity by making sure they cannot hear anyone who threatens it.
Sophomore Lisa Arndt created a stir at her church when she said the word “feminism” in a discussion. “I was just trying to describe what feminism means,” said Arndt, “but the moment I started talking about it they revoked my Christian card. I didn’t even know I had one of those.”
Many parents warned their children about the dangerous culture of brainwashed liberals within academia, but figured that their students would be safe at a fairly conservative university like Texas A&M. Said one Aggie parent, “I pray every day that my son will not abandon his belief in God, fall into the snares of Satan, or worse: vote Democrat.”
Luckily for these parents, most Aggie students are safe from the assault of the progressive agenda that runs rampant at other universities. The Christian communities at A&M are often described as tight-knit, engaging, and accepting of many different viewpoints on which Bethel song is the best. Students who question the status quo, however, know that there is a downside to these close communities.
An anonymous former member of The Bubble began to drift away from his church community during this election season. “I was told from people on both sides of the political spectrum that wasn’t really a Christian if I voted one way or the other,” said the student. “I thought Jesus was the most important person in Christianity, but I guess some people believe it’s the president.”
You can spot these spiritual misfits discussing theories of creation and evolution at any local coffee shop.
This is Part 3.
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To read The New, New Testament, Part 2: We Are One Body: click here.