“I Am Second”, a proclamation made by thousands of students, adults, athletes and actors, will be highlighted by the BCM on Tech’s campus on Monday, Feb. 10.
The Baptist Collegiate Ministry has reserved the use of the Tech Pride room in the RUC from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. to share videos of those who tell their “I Am Second” stories with Tech students. These stories range from overcoming drug abuse, alcoholism, pornography addiction, to facing doubt, pride, and self-esteem issues, among an assortment of other obstacles.
Senior students and BCM intern Jackson Chambers said he thinks the videos are important for students to view.
“I think they will make a huge impact,” said Chambers. “The Gospel is meant to stir people up, whether in a good way or maybe it rubs them wrong; that’s the way the Gospel is.”
Between each of the videos, BCM students will be giving their own “I Am Second” stories in an effort to encourage their peers that there are ways to get through what could be some of the toughest years of their life.
“After every video, students are going to share their own ‘I Am Second’ stories and share the basis of the Gospel,” said Jessica Painter, recent Tech graduate and BCM intern.
The BCM will be spotlighting select “I Am Second” videos to start every hour with the first video starting at 9 a.m. and the last video starting at 7 p.m.
At 10 a.m., Tony Dungy’s video will show how he has dealt with self-esteem issues in his life. At 2 p.m., Josh Turner will discuss what he believes is his purpose in life. Josh Hamilton’s video will talk about confronting his difficulties, which took place when overcoming his trials with substance abuse, and will be played at 5 p.m. At 7 p.m., the Robertsons from Duck Dynasty will share how they have had to deal with forgiveness in their family.
Some of those telling their stories have dealt with an ongoing struggle in their lives when it comes to some of the topics they discuss in their videos.
“We have to remember that these famous people are humans, too,” said Sarah Luckett, another senior student and BCM intern. “I think that is a great reminder to students in that just because you accept Christ, that doesn’t mean you are going to be perfect afterward.”
“The slogan isn’t ‘I Am Perfect’,” said John Aaron Matthew, BCM director. “The whole point of the video is to admit that they are not perfect. They are saying that I am second and I know someone who is perfect, and that is Jesus.”
Tech students, faculty and staff can stop by the Tech Pride Room anytime from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. to watch continuous ‘I Am Second’ videos mixed in with personal stories of students from the BCM leadership team.