Campus should reach out to marginalized

 

People are dying. People are being verbally assaulted. People are being mentally battered. People are being spiritually worn out.

Our mission at Malone University is Christ’s Kingdom First. How do we react in a situation where we see these things happening? How is it that we are to address these issues as our Lord and Savior would? I believe that Christ cares deeply for us all. I believe that He wants the very best for our lives.

Safe Space is a support group for LGBT students that is not recognized as an official group by Malone. (Photo by Kaitie Fox)

The issue of Safe Space here on campus seems to be a rather hot button topic. I am going to ask you to think about it in a little different way than you may have thought about it before.

Let us say there is no problem with alternative lifestyles. Let us look simply on the basis of should we have a place on our Christian campus where students who feel marginalized can come to talk.

Should we have a place on our Christian campus where students can talk to others about their struggles, share their joys, complain about their lives as all students tend to do? I would pose to you that we have some of these services already. Don’t we hope that students who feel marginalized find a place in chapel? Don’t we have counselors on campus that are here for students to come and talk to? Doesn’t campus ministries work very hard to seek out and serve students spiritually and relationally?

The answer to the previously stated questions may very well be yes. However, our campus still has students that are not being reached. Our campus still has students who are marginalized. So then I have to ask, why we shouldn’t take steps to reach more students?

I do not want any student on this campus to feel like they have no outlet. I do not want any student to feel like the only way out is to take his or her life. I had a friend last year who sadly came to that conclusion.

There is not a day that goes by when I do not wonder if there was anything that I could have done or said to have changed the outcome of that situation. I do not want us as a Christian university and campus community to ever have to wonder that. Christ’s Kingdom First. People are dying; what are we going to do?

Samson Toe is a contributing writer for Aviso AVW.

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