By Roger Poupart
Before Germany was reunified, East Berlin was communist controlled and West Berlin was free. One day some people in East Berlin took a truckload of garbage and dumped it on the West Berlin side. The people of West Berlin could have done the same. But instead they took a truckload of canned goods, bread and milk and stacked it neatly on the East Berlin side. On top of this stack they placed a sign that said: “EACH GIVES WHAT HE HAS.”
When BYX was started in 1985, hazing was a major issue within fraternity life at The University of Texas. One student died as a result of hazing in 1986. I had several guys on my hall, where I was an RA, who were pledging Greek frats and were being mercilessly hazed by the actives. These guys on my hall would ask to hide in my room when the actives would come by to get them, or they would call my dorm room to have me come over to their dorm room so that I could kick these Greek guys off our hall.
The group of guys that originally talked about starting BYX all agreed that college men were seeking the all-male fellowship that fraternities offered but that they did not need the junk that was coming with it, like hazing and drunken parties. So a small band of Christian men took what we had, a foundation of faith and common bond of brotherhood in Jesus Christ, and we shared it with others.
The Apostle Paul in 2 Timothy illustrates the concept of giving what we have. He tells us to “take the things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, these entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.” That’s what we set out to do and continue to do as a fraternity.
We sought to give men brotherhood and unity, so we chose Psalm 133:1 as our founding verse.
“Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity”
We felt compelled to build around this verse because we knew that when others saw what God had given us, they too would be attracted to it. I am grateful for God’s continued blessing of BYX over these past 30 years and for the men that He has brought together as “Brothers Under Christ” to continue sharing His light and love with others in and through BYX!