“For when there is a question as to whether a man is good,
one does not ask what he believes, or what he hopes,
but what he loves.”
Asking the question “What is important you?” is (we hope) a helpful way for you to get to know us better. Following the lead of Augustine, a scholar who lived over 1500 years ago, we’ll get to the same idea by answering “what do you love?” It is our prayer that the answer to this question shapes both what we do as an organization and how and why we do it.
So, what do we love?
The Bible. This book speaks about itself as the very Word of God (2 Timothy 3.16). As such, it is True. It is true in the way it recounts for us the lives and events of people who lived long ago. It is true in the way it honestly describes and reflects the nature of the human condition. It doesn’t gloss over the flaws of its heroes. It doesn’t settle for trite, empty answers to difficult questions. It is true in the way it probes into our lives, leading us to question our actions, motives, and desires. We love the Bible because through its pages we know God, and we see ourselves more clearly.
The University. The whole world belongs to God (Psalm 24.1-2) and He is active even in the daily moments of grass growing and people providing for their families (Psalm 104). There is no place on this earth to which we could run and God would not also be there (Psalm 139.7-12). The university is no exception. Whether they acknowledge it or not, the university is a place men and women gather to what the were created to do: understand their world and live productive lives in it (Genesis 1.38-31). We love the university as a place of life and of learning, and as a place where God is.
The Church. God created us to be in relationship with other people (Genesis 2.18). Living as a Christian in this life is a deeply personal matter, but it is not a private one. And so God calls us to gather with others as we seek to know Him and live by His grace (Acts 2.42-47); Romans 12.3-21). The ministry of RUF, then, involves gathering students together to study the Bible together, to pray, and to get to know one another. RUF is not a church, but a ministry of the church to the college campus. We want to encourage students to join and actively serve a local church while they are students. We love the church because through the church, through gatherings of sinful people in need of mercy, God has promised to put His wisdom, beauty, and truth on display (Ephesians 3.10).