I attended to the University of Michigan in the early 80’s. I became a Christian shortly after I arrived my freshman year (1981) There was ample evidence even back then of how much elite academics hated Christianity and Christians. One particular encounter still stands out in my mind today.
When I was a senior, I took a class in Sociology. It was a requirement I somehow missed in my early days. I was the only upper class man among about 50 freshman. It was a pretty uneventful class until toward the end of the semester. The professor started to talk about “religion” and free will. He lectured us for about 30 minutes on why there was no such thing as free will. Most of the class sat there feverishly taking notes. My temperature was rising but it wasn’t from taking notes.
He concluded his lecture with the question, “So, does anyone still think they have a free will?”
He was met by blank stares from most, a few shakes of the head, and one hand that went up. Mine.
“Yes, I have free will.” I stated emphatically.
“Oh, really. And what young lady do you have the free will to do?” He said, looking down at me.
“I can worship God any where I choose.” (The class groaned.)
“I could make it illegal and put you in jail.” (The class squirmed.)
“Yes, but I can still worship God in jail.”
“I could cut out your tongue.” (The class stared at me.)
“Yes, but I can still worship with my mind.”
“I can have you killed.” (The class was silent.)
“You haven’t solved a thing, I will now be in heaven worshiping my Creator eternally.”
At this point, a friend interrupted the discussion and said to the professor, don’t argue with her you’re never going to win.
The flustered professor looked at his watch, muttered something about having to get going and dismissed class early. Intimidation only works for those who are not convinced of their own beliefs.
I passed the class.
Karen Braun is a homeschool mom of six children in Michigan. Five of her six children are now graduated and two proudly serve in the USMC. She graduated in 1985 from the University of Michigan with a Bachelors in Science in Computer Science. She also blogs at www.stopcommoncoreinmichigan.com and www.spunkyhomeschool.blogspot.com.