Back in February 2010 I was asked by Amy, the Health & Nutrition teacher at Gardener Webb University here in Shelby, if I would consider teaching her four health classes and one nutrition class. She said that she wanted her students to learn of a different approach and perspective to these subjects than they were obtaining from their textbooks.
I was delighted and honored to be asked and thoroughly enjoyed each of the five classes that I taught, but didn’t have any idea how my efforts had been received by the teacher or the students until I received the following letter from Amy, the teacher of the class:
Dear Rev. Malkmus,
I’m writing to send a personal thank you for volunteering your time to speak to my four health classes and one nutrition class. I want you to know how much I appreciated your time, energy, passion, knowledge, and enthusiasm. You spoke to approximately 138 students. They were very happy to learn of your approach to nutrition, from a textbook that I had not ever considered a nutritional textbook – the BIBLE.
Personally, you have dramatically increased my interest in nutrition. Your presentations have aroused such an interest that I’m now considering a Masters and PhD in nutrition. Perhaps I’ve finally figured out what to do with my life next. I definitely would love to have you back next year to speak to my classes.
Thanks again and God bless!
Accompanying Amy’s thank you card was another one signed by most of the 138 students that had attended the classes. Not knowing how the students had received my lectures, I was delighted when I read the many notes that prefaced the student’s signatures. Following is a sampling:
Benji: “Very interesting information. I liked learning how our diet came from the Bible.”
Samantha: “You’re awesome.”
Katherine: “You are amazing. Thank you so much.”
Elizabeth: Thanks for all the information, it has given me a greater appreciation for the Bible.”
Jonathan: “Thank you, you really opened my eyes.”
Hannah: “Thank you, your lecture was very interesting.”
I was thrilled at the receptivity of these young people to a perspective concerning nutrition and health they were not receiving from their textbooks. How sad it is, that students across America, even in our Christian Universities, are learning their subjects from a textbook written by man, rather than from a textbook written by God.
Following is what God has to say about this world’s wisdom: “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God . . . .” (I Corinthians 3:19)And when you look at the content of these university textbooks it is evident that they contain much foolishness.