By Allen Palmeri
COLUMBIA—Satan has invested a lot into sex. Culturally his lies seem strong, but not so much anymore on the campus of the University of Missouri.
With the main speaker, an apologist from Second Baptist Church of Houston, Texas, taking dead aim on the trash dispensed by the former HBO television show “Sex and the City,” a total of 95 sorority girls in a lecture hall April 7 wound up making decisions for Christ.
Marian Jordan, founder of Redeemed Girl Ministries, used to live the “Sex and the City” lifestyle. She loved the show and emulated the four single girls in New York City as they slept around. Her life was then gloriously changed when a friend invited her to Second Houston, where she became a Christ follower.
Jordan came to Missouri on the invitation of Greek 12:20, a blended group of Christian fraternity and sorority students seeking to do Bible study and uplift Christ on campus. The name comes from I Cor. 12:20, which describes the diversity of many members in one body. Kyle Kilroy, a senior from Kansas City and a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, was delighted by how Jordan reached the gathering of more than 300—particularly the younger, promiscuous girls.
“It was probably the first time a lot of those girls had heard the Gospel,” Kilroy said.
Linda Brinkmann, a member of Memorial Baptist Church in Jefferson City, came to help her son, Matt, a junior and Pi Kappa Alpha member who was one of the main organizers. She heard Jordan contrast reckless sex with holy sex.
“It was a clear explanation of the sin cycle and how it can grasp you and leave you so empty,” Brinkmann said.
Her friend from church who accompanied her that night, Betsy Dudenhoeffer, was blown away by how frank the message was.
“Her transparent account of the lure of fashion, sex, booze, and approval chronicle the dilemma of every girl in today’s society,” Dudenhoeffer said.
The one-night stand on a campus like Missouri these days is “absolutely no big deal,” Brinkmann said. These sorority girls may believe they can get away with that kind of behavior, but the truth of the matter is they must repent of casual sex.
“Physically, emotionally, our bodies are not meant for that,” Brinkmann said.
She talked about how her son noticed a girl on campus recently. He said that she, a virgin, just might be the one for him.
“That’s his standard,” Linda Brinkmann said. “He doesn’t want a girl that’s already been around the block.”
Jordan’s first book, Sex and the City Uncovered, is available from LifeWay Christian Stores. Its truths offer grace to college towns like Columbia.
“Marian has a passion for young women who flock to the parade of emptiness,” Dudenhoeffer said.