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After all, the word secular means “thisworldly,” as in, an interest in establishing power in this world’s space. As glorious as taking the university back for Christ may sound, the premise of this statement is to engage the world on the world’s terms by establishing Christian power in a secular space. I once wrote for a secular publication that if I had to have an ulterior motive for being a Chinese Christian who studies Chinese Christians, it would be to promote what my faith says about loving one’s enemies in a divisive, polarized world. Allow me to clarify. To have an ulterior motive to take back the secular university for Christ ironically requires one to think in the secular terms of asserting power and control over a space. Yet the obedience to which the Lord Jesus calls is a discipleship that repents of such ambitions and practices a poverty of spirit and a purity of heart that rejects such ulterior motives. There is a better way to practice the Great Commission. The last chapter of Charles Taylor’s book on secularization, A Secular Age, is titled “Conversions.” There, Taylor demonstrates that those who found their way out of secularity became immersed in a totally different                                    mode                  of     existence, one that found the presence of God throughout His cre-

ation. Jesus talks about this in the Great Commission when He calls for a baptism in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Academic work that is performed by those baptized into the kingdom wrestles daily with what it means to live out this new existence. After all, to be marked by humility and charity to the point of loving our enemies instead of fighting them for control over public discourse requires a level of reconciling forgiveness and sensitivity that only immersion into the life of God can produce. When one practices such charity in the mundane work of writing, teaching, studying, and conversing with colleagues with whom we may vehemently disagree, we may show this world another way of thinking and being, one based around His ways, rather than ours. Justin Tse is a PhD Candidate in Geography at the University of British Columbia at Vancouver. His thesis focuses on Chinese Christian engagements in the public sphere. He enjoys coffee, pho, and spending time with his wife. He also finds that articles like the one above can only be written by putting a theology of communion into practice with saints like Sam, Aaron, Anna, Diana, and Karl.

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