Radical Love: RUT Revisited

October 22, 2013

It's been a few months since my first Rutledge experience, but it's still fresh on my mind and heart. God was (as always) on the move in the lives of our ryeX students and leaders. Yes, we had a fabulous speaker, an awesome band, great small groups led by our committed college counselors, but there was something more...something bigger happening that week.

Being my first time, I tried hard to take it all in...really try to absorb all that is the famous Camp Rutledge. I learned the songs, the cheers, the games, and the many many traditions that make this camp so much fun. After the first few days, I too, realized that bathing was really just a waste of time, and that the lake really gave me the rinse off I needed. I learned how powerful it was to walk to Vespers in silence, truly preparing both heart and mind to listen for God. But more than all of that and all of the traditions combined, what really blew me away was hearing students talk about how they were truly encountering God. That's a common camp thing. When we're unplugged and away from all of life's day to day struggles, it's easier to focus more clearly on God. But what I was hearing was more than that. Students were talking about what it meant to have a sustainable relationship with God, a sustainable faith. It was not just talk about how God was on the move at Rutledge, but how God had been at work, is still at work, and will continue to still be at work in their lives. These students were modeling what it means to love God and pursue God with all of their heart, mind, and soul both at Rutledge and at home.  

Our theme for the week was Radical Love based on Micah 6:8, "He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God." Brad, our speaker, did a phenomenal job breaking down this passage for us and teaching us what it looked like to be men and women of God who do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God. He offered practical ways to live out this faith that we were talking about and the students were (and have continued to be) all in--totally committed. We all learned about and  experienced the Radical Love of Christ at Rutledge, but what strikes me is the passion with which the students have been living out their faith since we've been home. So it is my prayer that we all would continue to encounter God's radical love on a daily basis and honor God by doing justice, loving kindness, and walking humbly with God.

Grace and Peace,