I sat with the leaders of three Christian groups on our college campus. A sophomore from my group piped up, “I want to reach out to the Greek life community.”
A junior from a different group asked, “What if we give out food late at night when people are walking between parties?” Someone said, “Who has time to start a new ministry?” I was surprised to hear my voice, “I will!”
A “theology of waffles” was forming within me. I was called to gather Christians from every fellowship to give a free waffle, no questions asked, to whoever walked by. We would serve our campus community—notorious for heavy drinking and Greek life—where they were.
We would get out of the chapel and the auditorium to serve and talk to our peers where they were. We would do so as one body, not as any one Christian fellowship. We would act out Christ’s love as one body, without beating anyone over the head with the gospel. We would let the action of gospel love; that is, unconditional, surprising love, speak for itself.
This message is excerpted from “The Gospel of waffles” by Lauren Heywood from the March 2015 Cafe online magazine. Today we commemorate Helena, mother of Constantine, c. 330.
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