Re: Campus Crusade for Christ
Date: May 21, 2011 10:56PM
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I would have to agree with you. CCC has some (FEW) but some good individuals carrying its label. For the most part, however, and thanks to their "in your face" approach to "evangelizing," there are more with the same label that taint any hope one may have had to entertain the curiosity surrounding the concepts, freedom, openmindedness and believes relating to Christ.
With this said, I would like to introduce myself. I, like many on here, I have had a negative run-in with CCC. Also like many of you, I have too given many many chances to the chapters I had associated with. My encounter to CCC was at first out of curiosity. Before I entertained this notion, I was socially awkward, different, not a cool kid. I was a musician halfway through college.
My story surrounding CCC is illustrated using real words, no Christianese. I am not a spiritual guy and above all, my story highlights what many of you have accurately portrayed as a controlling atmosphere, of which is solely influenced by CCC values.
A bit of background before I get started. I have spent my years as a federal agent deployed alot. I have seen life in all of its glory and in all of its misery and in death. I have been there for others as others have been there for me. One thing CCC is really horrible at is being there, unless of course you want to talk what CCC will call shop (religion, Jesus, faith). It has been my observation that CCC is only interested in winning you over to Jesus and then forgetting about you when you leave the group. I have met alot of Christians in my time. Of those that are undoubtably true to their word, they are the least Gody-type of people. What seperates them from the others in that they love others without condition. "Without condition" does not include those who befriend only to win a soul over for Jesus. That is called a condition. I believe it was in Peter that said "hope for people to share the same hope you share." How many times has that verse been twisted into a refashioned statement of "make others believe what you believe and if you don't then you are a complete failure and if they don't, then keep trying?"
My experience with CCC was comical at first then tragic at the end. My full realization was not until I had joined the Army, saw life outside the confides of a control environment (what CCC thrives in). CCC nearly cost me my family, my job, my friends (because those in CC were clearly fake) and my life. The following is how...sit back grab a beer, or your favorite drink and something to snack on, this is going to get turbulent....
I was 20 years old when I realized that college wasn't working out great for me. My youngest brother had just deployed to Iraq with 2nd Infantry Division. It was 2005, the year of some of the most significant levels of service men and women lost to the Iraqi conflict. My brother an his new groups of friends were heading into the pit of it all (between Al Anbar and Al Ramadi). These places I learned had a nickname, and for a good reason, they called it mortaritaville (mortar-it-aville). My brother never told me, but after my first deployment in 2008, I have learned what he went through. My brother had been scarred deeply by those who evangelized and those who were out for souls for Jesus. What he shared with me were his observations of their hypocrasy and cruelty. Before Iraq, my brother and I had both grown up in church for 14 years before the congegration disolved. Some of you may know of this organization. Its called the Worldwide Church of God. That is an entirely another story.
So yes, I was in college, my brother was at war. I entertained curiosity about Jesus and started to attend CCC. Along with CCC were people that belonged to a chruch group in town called the Gathering. It was an alternative outlet to the party and get thrashed type college scene. The Gathering and CCC worked together and had a pig roast where I met a girl. To maintain soem semblance of confidentiality, lets name her Lily. Me being a niave, young, college punk, I follow my hormones and chased after Lily like there was no tomarrow. In retrospect, I am glad she never called cops on me. ha! I learned that Lily was alot like myself, quite, reserved, not alot of self confidence and often underminded. Her and I hit it off ok, not great but ok. Because she was insanely attractive though, I continued talking with her and yes, I was suprised she talked to me. Time went by and eventually she had invited me over to a group event at her house. She had lived in a house that was affiliated with a women Christan group. The place also happen to be the the subsidiary HQ for CCC on the particular campus I was attending at the time in Edinboro, PA. As the time went on and after meeting who she lived with, I immediately picked up on the controlling atmosphere. Lily would tell me they were just trying ot protect her. I just laughed when she said that. Little did I know that what I was laughing at would become the one thing that has driven me throughout the recent years to do the best I can to expose what some chapters in CCC are really about. Here is a part of it...college graduation nears and I am approached by those who I thought then were really my friends. I thought they were coming to ask about whats next in life after school, what I planned to do and visa-versa. No, they approached me, all five of them, and said "we need to talk." I said ok. We went into the campus library to a study room. There they told me I couldn't see Lily anymore. I called Lily and asked her about it and she shared with me the same thing happened to her. Lily and I were graduating. I was getting my commission as an officer in the US Army and Liliy was going to Grad School the following Fall.
So you remember the part where I was ganged up on and told that I couldn't see Lily anymore. Among the crowd was the president of the CCC chapter for Edinboro, Pennsylvania. it was May2006 when Jason Whelpley lead the short discussion instructing me not to see Lily anymore.
Out of spite, I stayed in constant contact with Lily, saw her, helped her with alot, was her friend and eventually we kissed and have been dating for over 4 years. The last year has been hard as Lily has grown distant from me as I am in Iraq again. This also happened my last deployment around the same time Lily got tied back into CCC with the same chapter in Edinboro, PA. To date, Lily has started once more back in CCC, and thus the pattern repeats in that Lily is growing seperate from what her and I have had. Its a shame really. An organization that screams come follow Jesus but also asks you to leave behind those you love , or, if they don't follow Jesus the way that CCC says you ought too, then all contact should be broken away from those in conflict with CCC perspective.
Oh yeah, while I am deployed, I am writing this on my half-day off.
I doubt if Lily and I will every tie the knott, however what I would like ot highlight is the socially controlling and destructive nature of CCC. There is more indeed and if you would like to know, email me at (removed). I have to go for now, but I leave you with this...
I am not ashamed to speak for those who have been betrayed, used, manipulated, let down and left as chaft in a turbulent world by a group (CCC) who promised lasting friendships but in all accuality, are only there for the numbers and your money. I salute those of you who have taken a stand against CCC chapters that share similar characteristics as the one in Edinboro. My ears are open to the chapters of CCC that do not exue these negative traits. My recommendation to CCC is that you clean house and do some serious re-evaluation of who it is that is staffing your chapters. I say this having had good experiences with those from other schools (via Katrina Effort). Yes, not all of CCC is jacked up, but it only takes a few to spoil it and destroy it all for the rest. I will caution CCC in that who they have in current staff positions need to get away from the emancipated concept that guys should be spiritual. I am not spiritual, but I am a Christian. I have heard CCC state many times that if you are not spiritual, you and not a real Christian. I have been through many furnaces and will likely be through more in my life by virtue of my job. CCC, some of your staff disgusts me and has caused many to want nothing to do with the refreshing word and chance that Christ offers us all on a day to day basis. Wake up CCC, because you are not far from the globallyrecognized cult the Worldwide Church of God. Here too, I have lost friendships of 14 years, all due to the fact that I no longer attended there. Here is something to think about, I WAS 17 WHEN THAT HAPPENED!
To those who have the willingness to stand, I salute you. If you would like to start something, contact me at (removed).
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/21/2011 11:27PM by corboy.