Sadly, all too often, mistakes are cyclically repeated because we do not learn from the past. Warren Buffet quipped, “What we learn from history is that people don’t learn from history.”

To change this tendency, it is essential for us to know how Chi Alpha came to be and what has transpired since its beginnings. Our current structure, values, and decisions have been formed by our history. Studying who we are, what formed us, and why we do what we do helps us gain a better understanding of ourselves as we look to the future. Knowledge of past mistakes and successes provides the context through which our immediate actions are interpreted by our community, our fellowship, and one another.

As Chi Alpha continues to grow and move forward, it is important to honor our past but to not be anchored to it. We need to recognize our history to see how God is moving us forward.

Beyond Chi Alpha, we need to understand the history of the Assemblies of God and of the larger Pentecostal movement. This enables us to grasp how current issues are perceived within our greater fellowship because most position papers, policy, and theology were written in response to questions, issues, or threats of its day.

Taking time to study the history of our local communities and our campuses helps us be better prepared and aids in contextualization. We need to know who has come before us and the fruitfulness or struggles that preceded us. This history can help prepare us for the spiritual battles and strongholds on our campus.

Writer, futurist, and businessman Alvin Toffler said, “The illiterate of the twenty-first century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”

All views expressed on this blog are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect the view of Chi Alpha Campus Ministries, U.S.A., U.S. Missions, and The General Council of the Assemblies of God.

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