Over the course of time, we became increasingly involved in the campus ministry and assumed leadership roles in our own small way. We took seriously Bill Bright's invitation to help change the world by "confronting" people with the claims of Christ (in the late 60's and early 70's, it was all about "confrontation.") Dr. Bright was a man of great humility and gentleness who appeared to be anything but confrontational. He radiated the love of Christ in his own life, but he was bold and he never hesitated to share the Gospel with anyone with whom he came into contact, from heads of state to the lowliest student on campus. And he exhorted all of us involved in the ministry never to be ashamed of the Gospel and to boldly proclaim Christ wherever we were to whomever would listen. Our lives have been eternally and positively imprinted by our experiences with what is soon to become known as "Cru."
That's why Campus Crusade for Christ's name change comes as a shock, not only to us, but to many others who were involved with the ministry. Eliminating "Christ" from the organization's name seems incongruous and bewildering to those of us who believe that there is no other name under heaven by which we are saved. Christ himself declared that He is the only way to God and that no one comes to the Father except through Him. (John 14:6). His name will always be a rock of offense and a stumbling stone to those who are put off by his claims of deity and the narrow path to salvation He proclaims. It will ever be so until He comes again in glory.
Meanwhile, I would urge this very effective ministry to rethink its decision. And, along with others, I would say as charitably as possible, "For the love of Christ, please, don't give up His name."
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