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You Have A Choice

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Dear Wesleyan Community,

How often do you ask yourself why do awful things happen to the best people? This question arises when we lose a loved one or hear of a school shooting, and we wonder what people have done to deserve this adversity, and why God wouldn’t intervene in these times of wretchedness. In reality, no one deserves to feel the hand of evil. Because God was so loving as to give us a choice between good and evil, even morally righteous people feel evil’s wrath from the hands of those who chose it. In order to be able to choose Him and choose good, we must have an alternate choice. We wouldn’t be free, as God intended, if we weren’t given the choice between good and evil. Without being free to choose God, and to live in a world of only purity and joy, there would be no distinction between Heaven and Earth. I believe, while evil and suffering breaks the hearts of God’s people, being given a choice between God and evil has given mankind a purpose. Those who choose evil live to break down the minds and souls of the people who devote their life to following and spreading the word of God, and avenging evil to restore justice to those who have fallen innocently under the hand of malice. Evil has shaped society, mankind and every individual life in such a profound way that, because our hearts know the contrast between God’s light and evil’s dark fist, that we as Christians have become accustomed to welcoming God’s light into darkness.

Additionally, being given a choice has formed religion in its entirety. Without a choice, everyone would’ve been forced to follow God and believe in God; there would be no such thing as “religious beliefs.” Everyone chooses religion, so if it had been a forced commandment, there would be no moral love and respect for God, nor would there be a distinction from God’s perfect love and our love. People wouldn’t value and strive for a relationship with God, because it would be a given. I believe if following him was forced, and evil didn’t exist, that people would feel empty, as if they had no greater purpose to work for in the long run. People live to find their purpose. If they’ve been predestined and didn’t have to work to be a moral person because there was no such thing as evil, society would have never been formed, and people would have found no greater purpose. There would be no word of God to spread because everyone was born aware of it, and there would be no appreciation for the miraculous works of God because perfection would be an expectation. Evil, in all honesty, has played a major role in forming society, and without it, the Kingdom of Heaven and God’s people would never exist.

Sincerely,

Sunny Jones, Co-Editor-In-Chief

Behind the Scenes of The National Art Honors Society

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Wesleyan introduces new clubs and committees every year to incorporate every talent and skill students possess into the lives of the Wesleyan community. Wesleyan’s newest addition to its offered list of clubs is the National Art Honors Society. Complied of the most talented artists and visionaries Wesleyan has to offer, the National Art Honors Society works hard to diversify Wesleyan’s scenery and give the campus a more creative edge. Interviewed to learn more about the depth of work and skill it takes to be one of these talented club members were President Haley Gilliam, Vice President Jimmy Cox and Secretary Maddie Davis. Keep Reading

Keeping Up with College Freshmen

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Going to college is a scary new experience, but when graduating from Wesleyan, alumni can have the confidence that there is always a community back home to rely on. Reminiscing on their high school experiences, recently graduated Wesleyan seniors Jordyn Shackford (’19), Ashwin Gidwani (’19) and Ella V. Cooper (’19) give advice and guidance to soon-to-be college freshmen.

When asked what her favorite part of college has been thus far, Wesleyan Evergreen and current freshman at Auburn University, Jordyn Shackford, said, “Definitely the freedom and having more time to get work done during the day. Also, meeting so many different people from different states and being part of a sorority has been so fun.” Shackford paints college at Auburn to be a dream, but there was also loads of important information she wished she had known during her transition from high school to college and hopes rising college freshmen don’t make the same mistakes. She said, “You need to take advantage of the time with your friends because you will all be going completely different ways next year, and also ask your teachers for their best advice for college because college professors have no idea who you are and won’t care, and the Wesleyan teachers know you and care about you so much. You can’t study like you did in high school, and you should do research on the free tutors and resources the college offers to help you in your classes.” Shackford hopes to be a help and a guide for graduated seniors who are looking for guidance and clarity in their preparation for college. Keep Reading

Keeping Up with Dorian

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Tearing through the Bahamas, threatening Georgia and some East Coast states, Hurricane Dorian barreled towards the East Coast at 120 miles per hour. As the strongest storm on record to hit the islands, Dorian posed a strong threat on the U.S., leaving southerners squandering to evacuate the coast. Whether it be family or bonds created on mission trips, members of the Wesleyan community have their hearts deeply invested in the outcome of this vicious storm.

Due to the devastation of this hit, communities were forced to evacuate to keep their families safe. Junior, Katherine Graddy had a piece of her own heart down in Florida with her grandmother and two of her uncles, who have been forced to take very serious, life-preserving precautions. Graddy has expressed from her dialogue with her grandmother in Fort Myers; she said, “The aftermath impacts everyone in Florida. My uncle lives on the West Coast, and he had to cover the windows of his house and quickly evacuate the state. My grandma and other uncle live in Fort Myers, and they had to leave for their safety, even though they weren’t directly in Dorian’s path. Many of my friends in Fort Myers have family all over the state, and even in the Bahamas, and they are having fundraisers in order to rebuild their houses. My old school is having a drive to collect basic necessities for those directly impacted.” The Wesleyan Community has the opportunity to wrap their arms around families who have been personally impacted, as well as use the power of prayer for the people and homes in Florida and the Bahamas.

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