By Sara Foss
Patrick Henry College
J.C. Cartee, PHC's Student Body President
Opening with an allusion to Green Day’s hit Boulevard of Broken Dreams, Student Body President J.C. Cartee’s Monday morning chapel message reminded PHC students that man is not intended to walk alone.
“How do we, together, foster a culture of community on this campus?” Cartee asked.
To explain the “what” of living out our individual callings within a community, he drew four characteristics from Ephesians 4:1-6 – humility, gentleness, patience, and love.
Wherever pride, the opposite of humility, causes us to rely on ourselves, community is impossible, said Cartee. Gentleness, meanwhile, is merely “the restraint of one’s annoyance at the shortcomings of others.” He added that “refusing to be gentle is fundamentally lazy.”
As to patience, he quipped, “I am 100 percent positive that I am not nearly as likeable as I think I am.” And of course, without love, the others are not possible at all.
Cartee then outlined the “how” and the “why” of these characteristics of community, exhorting students to rest their identities in God. He cautioned students that we tend to become like those around us, citing his own tendency to mimic his roommates.
“The more we know Jesus, the more we will pick up on who He is,” Cartee said, “If the cross is before you, you’re not before you.”
Finally, we must foster our community because this earth is not our home.
“God, in his great mercy, does not require us to walk alone,” Cartee concluded. “He gives us one another, to remind us of the gospel, to keep us accountable, and to keep us following Him.”