By Luke Blomenberg
My name is Luke Blomenberg and I am the President of Student Senate for the 2020-2021 academic year. I am so glad that, as students, we once again have the opportunity to both meet in person for our classes and to enrich our friendships. As we move toward the school year, it is important that we care for our friends and fellow students in new ways that we would not have dreamt of even one year ago. In Chapter 12 of Mark (NIV), Jesus was pressed by a teacher of the law and he was asked which commandment was the most important.
“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
The Son of God tells us that our two main commandments are to love God and to love our neighbors. Not all of the faculty, staff, and administration are spring-chickens, and many of our students are vulnerable because of underlying medical conditions. We must be willing as students to do the simple things, like wear masks and social distance, not for ourselves, but for our neighbors. After all, we’d expect the same love and respect from our neighbors.
Concordia is in fine hands under the guidance of Interim President Sommerfeld, but the campus will look different when we return in only a few short weeks. It will be a new and trying experience. Difficult as it may be, St. Paul reminds us in Romans 8:28 (NIV) that we must place our trust in God, for it is only in him that we find absolute truth, wisdom, and salvation.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
Some of us may not be able to partake in the same activities, sports, or clubs that we hold dearly. However, there are plenty of student organizations that are working to accommodate to the ongoing pandemic. Serving your fellow students in Student Senate is an excellent opportunity for a variety of reasons. For one, it can help you network with new and interesting people on campus. It also looks great on a resume. Finally, it will sharpen your leadership, planning, and execution skills in preparation for the career you are hoping to enter. If you are interested, feel free to message Concordia University, Nebraska Student Senate on Facebook, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.