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Assembly Challenges Students to Influence Culture

By Amanda Morad | October 2, 2012

Os Hillman

Speaking at the first assembly of Regent University's College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) 2012-13 school year, Os Hillman asked students a common, but important, question: "What do you want to do with your life?"

Hillman is a faith-at-work expert who recently joined the CAS faculty as a visiting instructor. At the Monday, Oct. 1, assembly, he encouraged students to be agents of change in their world, no matter their future vocation.

"When God looks at you, He doesn't see your past," he said. "He sees your future."

Hillman discussed the seven cultural mountains of government, education, media, arts and entertainment, religion, family and business—reminding students of their responsibility as Christians to influence these mountains through their life's work.

"You and I are here representing the interests of heaven in the seven cultural mountains," he explained. "You are His delegated authority on the earth." But, Hillman continued, "Part of our problem with culture is that we don't understand the assignment, and we don't understand our authority to fulfill the assignment."

He then encouraged students to embrace the idea that God's love comes without condition or a requirement for performance. "God's favor is truly, simply because we are His," he said. Quoting Romans 12:2 about not conforming to the world but being transformed by the renewing of the mind, Hillman explained that "cultural change should not be a goal, but a fruit."

Jesus simply solved problems, he told the audience. "If you want influence in a person's life, solve a problem."

Hillman concluded by asking students to be watchful for the moment when God would reveal their ultimate calling. "God is putting in you something that will allow you to use your vocation to challenge the culture and become change agents in the world."

Held each month, the CAS Assembly aims to provide students with the chance to hear from distinguished scholars in a variety of fields.

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