There is a power in Christian community that we sometimes forget, but when we see it, it is a thing of beauty. Three unrelated experiences brought this power vividly to my attention.

The Indian ambassador to the United States was our guest on the Asbury College campus. He was a significant man, by central Kentucky standards, and I wanted to share him. So we invited various important people in our area to have lunch with him.

One of these luncheon guests was the editor of the most influential daily paper in our area. I did not know him, and I had no reason to believe he had ever been on a Christian college campus before. After a delightful meal and a question-and-answer session with the ambassador, I saw to it that I left the dining hall with the editor.

As we emerged onto the campus, he asked, “When do your classes change? I would like to see your students.” I said it was only a matter of moments. “Let’s wait,” he said. So we did.

As the students began pouring out of the classroom buildings, he took his camera from his shoulder and said, “Wait for me if you can. I want to take some pictures.” He moved around, framing and focusing his shots.

When he returned, he said, “They are different, aren’t they?”

“What do you mean?” I quickly responded.

“They dress differently.”

“Oh?”

“But it’s more than that,” he continued. “They look at you.” Then he paused a moment. “Do you know the one thing I never expect to meet on the university campus? It’s eye contact with anybody. You walk alone down a 50-inch sidewalk and meet another person. At 15 or 20 feet you size each other up, and as you meet you carefully look the other way.”

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