|Dr. Ravi Zacharias|
World-renowned Christian apologist and author Dr. Ravi Zacharias urged graduates on the eve of Commencement to “train their hunger” to savor the things of God and resist the pitfalls of life.
“You can only learn so much from books. You can only learn so much from education,” Zacharias said. “Ultimately, it is the wisdom of God that will carry you through in the toughest situations.”
Zacharias was presented with an honorary doctorate by Liberty Chancellor and President Jerry Falwell, Jr.
Falwell introduced him as “a global spokesman for Christ,” for having traveled around the world for more than 40 years speaking to both friends and critics of the Christian faith. Born in India in 1946, Zacharias immigrated to Canada 20 years later. He is currently a senior research fellow at Wycliffe Hall at Oxford University and has lectured at many of the world’s best-known universities. He is a trusted advisor to many of the most influential leaders in the world. He is the founder and president of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and has authored or edited more than 20 books. His three English language radio programs air on over 2,000 outlets worldwide and his Spanish language program is heard in 17 Spanish-speaking countries. His television program “Let My People Think” is broadcast internationally.
Zacharias’ sermon focused on the challenges facing young people, ranging from a tough job market to negative influences like readily available online pornography.
“Graduates, you are facing a tough world. You are facing a changing world. You are facing a hostile world,” Zacharias said. “But, you know, the Gospel story is used to rising up. Take the message — it is alive and powerful.”
Zacharias said it has been the fervor of the faith that compelled evangelical giants like the late Rev. Jerry Falwell, Sr. and Chuck Colson to reach beyond themselves and become influencers of the broader society.
The ceremony included music by the Liberty University Wind Ensemble and performances by the Liberty University Chamber Singers and the Sounds of Liberty. Pastor Jonathan Falwell, senior pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church, closed with a powerful benediction prayer.