Students in the Hands of an Angry God?

sinners-in-the-hands-of-an-angry-god Today I was outside for a couple of hours in the Quad at the college where I pretend to be a learned professor. Campus organizations were holding a “Student Involvement Fair” and I represented “The Write Minds,” a student-led organization for writers to whichI am the Faculty Advisor. Anyway, things were slow as far as interest was concerned, but it being a beautiful day outside, a wide variety of young ladies abounded. I’ll get back to them, just wait.
To pass the time, I was rereading Jonathan Edwards’ “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” a powerful sermon delivered in 1741 in Connecticut (no, I was NOT there!) that I have assigned to my American Literature class. The premise was that, if you weren’t saved, you could at any moment die and go to hell. That is, if one did not change one’s ways and turn their hearts and minds to Christ immediately, the danger of dying and going to a place much worse than Niger was very real. 
The sermon is powerful, and Edwards delivered it in a monotone; yet, people were weeping and wailing and falling out and completely forgetting about their iPads. And text messages.
So, as I gazed about, obliquely noticing leggy girls with nice suntans and clothes that didn’t have enough cotton to make a decent placemat, I wondered what Jonathan Edwards would think or say if he were sitting next to me. And then I wondered about what trades the Red Sox might make this winter, and the Iowa-UNI football game, and food.
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5 Responses to Students in the Hands of an Angry God?

  1. burgelflitz44 says:

    Boy! You sure do wander as you wonder! Patrice~

  2. restorel66 says:

    I just didn’t get this. Was there more to this before it went viral? What is your point?

    • I understand. I was just watching these scantily-clad young women flirting with their bodies and thinking about their salvation in light of Edwards’ points about not believing anything will ever happen to you so there’s plenty of time to love Christ. I guess I was a little obtuse at the end, especially, deliberately changing the subject and not thinking about what was passing before my eyes.

  3. I’ve listened to the audio version of this sermon (read by a narrator, not Jonathan Edwards himself). It’s good stuff but it’s something you won’t hear from most pulpits in America. Perhaps that’s what’s wrong with the church today.

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