The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 67, No. 23, Ed. 1, Friday, March 14, 1980 Page: 3 of 23
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Students favor campaign concert
Junior senator disagrees
To the Editor:
The Students' Association officers stated
Monday night that they would not allow Spring
Break trips to be included in an SA budget.
This decision in essence dictatorially
overrides any attempts by student-elected
Senate members to donate to the Spring Break
The officers outstepped their constitutional
bounds and followed the same insensitivity of
the Sing Song executive committee who
refused to support Spring Break trips.. .and
committed that it should be excluded com-
pletely in future years.
These actions produce two disappointing
results. First the students of ACU don't
control their funds. ..but a "wiser and more
just" minority decide what is best for them.
And second entertainment and grounds
projects are of more lasting value.. .than
Spring Break trips.
The issue of who controls the money is
frustrating in both Sing Song and SA; with
students spending $20-plus for costumes and
unknown hours it seems they could have a
stronger voice in appropriating the money
The SA officers' promiscr.is not only
against the students' and Senate's wishes but
unconstitutional and unprecedented.. ..If the
students through their elected officials
believe Spring Break is a valuable
project... then that money should be spent for
that project to the full amount the students
. A secular institution would agree that
concerts and buildings are more important
than "a religious trip." But as Don H. Morris
said "This is no ordinary college that you and
I have the privilege of being a part of."
While a secular school would see no prac-
tical "campus value" in a Spring Break
campaign ACU students see it as one of the
most practical activities they can support.
"Unordinary" students believe the effect of
these trips is of more value than any concert
movie or statue. Spring Break trips are tied to
the heart of what makes this campus unor-
dinary. Excitement from these returning students
permeates the entire campus. It excites in-"
coming students and alumni....
...We must continue to be an institution that
stands for students not stones Christian
values not green grass and people not
Voicing an allegiance
To the Editor:
We would like to compliment the recent
concert of Chris Christian. It was a blessing to
hear a concert that had "Good News" to share
and also had special talent in the musical
As Christians every aspect of our lives needs
to voice our allegiance.
Chris' performance provided our style of
popular music that helped to compliment our
need of glorifying God.
We would like to thank the Students'
Association for taking the initiative and the
administration for their approval in bringing
this concert. We hope that there will be more
opportunities like this.
Kathryn Broom Bill Rhoads
Bethany Dagen Galia Harrington
Jesus gives reason
authority for living
By DAVID RAMSEY
By What Authority? William Barclay.
Valley Forge Pa. Judson Press 1975. $3.95.
What does following Christ demand of a
person? Who or what has the authority to tell
this Christian how he should act? These
questions are not answered easily or quickly
but these are the questions William Barclay
attempts to answer in By What Authority?
The Christian life is one that should be lived
in the world Barclay says. He points out time
after time in the book that there is no place for
a monastical attitude among Christians.
"A holy man to us is.. .a man detached from
life removed from the common ways whose
habitat is the church.. .rather than the shop or
the factory or the office or the market place."
But Barclay writes holy means different not
"This difference... has to be expressed not in
withdrawal from the world but in in-
volvement in the world."
Barclay writes that the guidance for this
different life must come from the Bible. It is
dangerous to look for authority in tradition
Barclay says. Tradition can halt a person's
pursuit of the personal accountability and
understanding the Bible demands (Philip-
pians2:12). The spirit of love that Jesus exemplified
must accompany this respect for and
knowlege of the Bible Barclay writes. Without
love an ugly legalistic attitude can set in.
"For Jesus" Barclay writes "the test was
human need. And if legalism stood in the way
of human need then he assumed the authority
to break the law and to help the need."
(continued on page A-4)
New attitudes outlooks tastes challenge the new generation
The Feb. 25 issue of U.S. News and World
Report includes a very interesting article that
made me wonder how we will live in the world
yet not be a part of the world.
Entitled "Our New Elite For Better or For
Worse? the main thrust
of the article is that our
generation has a new
attitude on life a new
financial outlook for the
future and more ex-
pensive tastes to consume
the financial successes.
The question posed
is"Will this generation be able.to handle it?"
The article didn't mention anything about
the place of religion or spirituality in the lives
of those in the class but that was my main
reason for reading it. The questions I asked
myself were "What will I be like when I
become a member of the 'real world'? How
will I handle the blessings God has given me
take the responsibilities called for because of
those blessings and live the lifestyle I enjoy?
What will happen and what will have to go?"
It seems that we all need to be asking our-
selves these questions. And maybe some
thoughts from this article will cause even
more to be asked.
The New Elite were shaped in a permissive
and affluent society. Because of this they
often try to ignore issues and instead seek
The story concludes that the new class of
people should ask themselves some serious
questions: "Can the nation afford an elitist
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'group that could become more interested in
furthering its own expectations than those of
'other groups? Can such persons deal with very
real problems the diminishing level of
productivity getting people to work together
and commitment to leadership?"
I don't agree with everything in the article
but there were times when I had to admit it
was describing me to the tee as the
description of the"New Elite" was familiar.
Please don't misunderstand my explanation
of our new class I am not saying it is wrong.
But it does have some potential dangers for
society and particularly for Christians if not
When dealing with this outlook on my future
my chief concern is one of influence. How
much influence will I let my Christianity have
on any financial successes on people I come in
contact with in my career and in my activities
that are not church-related. Will I let a good
"future make me more concerned about myself
than others? How do I stay out of the world yet
be in it?
The answers to these questions are basic; it
seems the things the world really notices as
being different have'not changed since Jesus'
day. People are affected by attitudes.
It would be fine if all Christians were poor
but the world would not really be influenced. If
all Christians were wealthy that would be
good too but not necessarily life-changing to
the general populous. What matters are the
Christians' attitudes about their financial
state or their political situation or their
children. Whether they disagree or agree the
world is going to notice those feelings and the
way we project them.
Really the question is what will we allow to
happen? We can either let our Christianity
affect the world or stoop to let the world affect
And the tough part is words alone will not
be enough. We've got to show the world the
only real reason for being "elite."
Here’s what’s next.
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