REASON 4: Faith Continues to Set us Apart
Our most important characteristic is our commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord. Ultimately, Christian education is for the glory of God, but Christian practices can also positively impact the way students enter and act in the work place. Colossians 3:23 says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” In Matthew 22, Jesus states, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” In Romans 12:2, Paul urges his readers, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”8 While many universities have forsaken their Christian roots, Houston Baptist University continues to stand on the truths of scripture. Every subject and major is taught within the bounds of ethics and morality as defined by the Bible.
Our faith is our distinction, and our commitment to Biblical principles provides a foundation for success, both in professional and personal life. A follower of Christ who is striving to be like Christ has great potential as a humble and strong servant leader. A student who works with all of his heart will be a good employee. A worker who loves the Lord with all she is will also treat her co-workers well. A boss focused on honoring Christ should be an excellent superior. Even more, at HBU students are able to develop social relationships that will encourage them to honor God. For a culture and generation that devalues marriage and avoids commitment, HBU provides opportunities for students to build foundations for their future relationships. We pray that friendships and marriages that come out of Houston Baptist University will be glorifying to God, just as much as we pray that HBU alumni will be exceptional in the workforce.
As Christians, we are to follow the example of Christ in humility, wisdom, patience and forgiveness. HBU proudly represents Christ in this world in our education, our service, and our mission. Even when students are not Christians, they are taught work ethic based upon scripture to develop moral and ethical foundations that will prepare them for their careers and personal lives. The foundation of faith that HBU offers is priceless.
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