Right. So I know what you’re thinking: “Oh here we go, SUCU is hopping on the bandwagon and is starting to blog.” And you would be 100% right. We’ve decided to start using our words and sharing our stories. Stories from us as a Christian Union, but also our individual stories from the many lives of the people who make up our family.
SUCU. Southampton University Christian Union. Of course, by now, we all know what Christianity is. According to the Oxford Dictionary, it is defined as being “the religion based on the person and teachings of Jesus Christ, or its beliefs and practices.” How about a ‘Christian’? What does it mean to be a Christian? Not all Christians look the same, or sound the same, or have the same interests. In our CU, we have people from all races, all shapes and sizes, and people who study a vast array of different subjects. And yet, although every one of us is different, we all share that common label: ‘Christian’. From the teachings in the Bible, we learn of lot of what that means. It means being distinctive: being salt and light (Matt 5:13). It means loving our neighbour as ourselves and loving God with all our heart (Matt 22:37-39). Most importantly, it means striving to live like Jesus and be like him in everything we do – reflecting the fact that Christ lives in us through His Holy Spirit (Col 1:27).
When we all share an aim as urgent and significant as this one, it is no wonder that we can put the other things that separate us aside in pursuit of this common purpose to make God known. However, that doesn’t change the fact that what it looks like to live as a Christian is slightly different for each of us. Maybe you’re a Christian Medic having to face massive questions about suffering, life and death every day. Maybe you’re a Christian athlete having to show integrity and remain true to your faith when a culture of heavy drinking and wild socials is heavily in place. Perhaps, like me, you’re a Christian who sometimes has to say no to reading the literature on your course, as it’s detrimental to your faith. All of us though, are Christian Students – constantly learning what it means to be countercultural in amongst a society that teaches us that we are our own gods and success is everything.
We are not always going to get it right, but even when we don’t, God reveals more of His plan to us, and we grow in our understanding of Him. The reason we’re writing these blogs, the reason we’re opening up and sharing our stories is because we want to show what being Christian looks like – in all its different forms. We hope that in reading them, you’ll get a better understanding of our purpose, struggles and the way we live our lives. Above that, we hope you see Jesus at work, and the ways in which we are trying to live a life that honours God above anything else, however hard that may be.