A few nights ago, I was giving my two-year-old son Joshua his night time bath and seemingly out of no where he said to me “God’s not dead, he is surely alive.” The song was made popular by the Newsboys last year and then featured in the movie “God’s Not Dead.”
Shortly after the bath, I received two messages from alumni brothers asking if I knew that we (BYX) were in the credits of the movie “God’s Not Dead.” I saw the movie in the theatre and remember that Alliance Defending Freedom had asked me if it was alright to have BYX put into the credits. The Lord has a funny way of reminding you of His faithfulness at times.
Hebrews 4:12 came to my mind as I reflected on the reminder of His faithfulness. It states:
“For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the divisions of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
I was deeply encouraged and reminded of all that God has done through BYX in the 30 years since we started at the University of Texas. We had humble beginnings with nothing but a small vision and a few willing brothers. On September 25-27, Texas will host their 30-year celebration of the founding of BYX. I am hopeful to get some more face time with some of the founders.
BYX grew from Texas around to other universities in Texas, then Oklahoma, then Tennessee, then Arkansas and all across the southeast to now we are growing into the midwest and along the east coast. The demand for a Christ-centered fraternity experience is great, and He continues to bring interested men and universities to us.
In 2007, BYX started a chapter at the University of Florida. It was an exciting moment as Florida is a highly respected university with a large student body. Our efforts to colonize on campus were met with resistance from the university who would not grant us official recognition. Once the discussions reached a point where there was little to no progress, BYX was left with a choice of leaving a group of founding fathers who want BYX or pursuing legal options.
One of the biggest and most memorable moments for me and the founders of the Florida Chapter occurred at our Summit Conference in 2008. Near the end of the retreat we called the founders forward to pray for them. In an unprovoked manner, brothers rose from their chairs and circled around these men laying their hands on one another. At this retreat, we had nearly 1,000 active members in attendance. It was an amazing moment of brotherhood and unity in Christ. It reminded me that we, as brothers, will stand with one another through the difficult times in life.
There are points in life where you need to be reminded of God’s faithfulness. It is almost as if He was asking me, “Hey, do you remember this, do you still trust me?” I pray and hope that your answer is the same as my answer and that it will remain the same answer for the rest of your life.
We are not promised that life is going to be easy, but we have a promise that God’s not dead, he is surely alive, and it is on that promise that we are able to move forward in life knowing that He’s got this!