Since Sunday, I texted Yehezkiel, one of my high school guys in my youth group, checking up on him and seeing how he was doing. “Hey, this is Gio. How was your week?” I asked. And he texted back and we had a great conversation about cameras. We bonded over photography. But between all the texts, I found it quite peculiar the amount of emoticons he used. Knowing that the guy isn’t the type to use emoticons, this was something definitely out of character. One Wednesday afternoon, he called me up, something else that was out of character.
Answering his call, I was surprised to hear the voice of a girl.
jgeers10 said: Not to mention that “Fraternity” means “brotherhood” so a Christian Fraternity literally means a Christian Brotherhood, so it is actually an essentially healthy spiritual environment, forming strong bonds with like-minded Christian men on campus…
I don’t know what the anon is dealing with, but I hope he or she is okay. It sounded like the anon had a bad experience with fraternities.
Troll much? Lol.
First of all, joining a fraternity (or a sorority) isn’t for everyone. So I’m not saying you should join one at all. I’m just speaking from experience that fraternity life was one of the best parts of my undergraduate experience.
Secondly, there are a variety of reasons why people join a fraternity. Sure, people join fraternities to make friends, but that doesn’t mean people join because they can’t make friends. But that’s beside the point. Making friends is, after all, one of the purpose of a fraternity because a fraternity is a social organization.
In my opinion, there are 6 main reasons people join a fraternity.
- Looking for acceptance: Who isn’t?
- Resume builder: Many Fortune 500 CEOS, members of Congress, and presidents were part of a fraternity.
- Leadership experience: You get the opportunity to lead a bunch of men, holding influence on their lives. That’s a huge responsibility.
- Friends are joining, don’t want to be left behind: It may be peer pressure or fear of rection or fear of change, but if your friends are joining one, you’re more than likely to join one yourself. That’s fine—you get to spend more time with your friends and bond with them more.
- To meet girls: Enough said.
- Parties: Yup. Lots of them.
When it comes to being a Christian in a fraternity, sure it is difficult, but it isn’t impossible. There is a lot of temptation out there, so if you can’t stand the temptation, don’t join. But if you do join, you can share the love of Christ. You can set an example.
I got a lot of flack for being Christian (John 15:19), but that was because a lot of other fraternity guys judged me and have been also been judged by other Christians. Skype me, and I’ll share my testimony because I didn’t set a good example. I ended up failing and compromised.
Why do you abhor fraternities so much?
Does semi-nudity bother you?
Whenever I Skype with people, it’s usually at night. This means, I am usually getting ready for bed. I sleep shirtless; it’s comfortable that way.