Prove your humanity


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Letter from the Editor

To our readers,

It may seem, in more ways than one, that our world is tearing at the seams. 

Millions are suffering at the hands of a war criminal whose greedy desires have led him to propagandize his own people, take the lives of innocent children and Holocaust survivors, and kindle a conflict that has no foreseeable conclusion. 

Stateside, the cost of a meal has not been this high since the summer of 1981. As gas prices skyrocket, many working-class Americans are living on stringent budgets, seeking extra income wherever they can to keep food on the table. Families await the return of their deployed soldiers, pacing back and forth behind living room windows as they await that next phone call. 

In this issue of ZU Magazine, our writers endeavor to explore the depths of world affairs by reporting APU students’ thoughts on the Russia-Ukraine conflict and writing on the sacrifice that every military family is making right now. Alongside these necessary stories, they seek to inform the APU community about the plentiful opportunities students have to connect with fellow believers on campus, narrate what studying as a blind student is like and much more. 

Whatever state you find yourself in, whether you are suffering physically, emotionally or spiritually, know that your present sufferings are building for you an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison (2 Cor. 4:17). Be encouraged by these inspired words from the Apostle Paul:

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies” (Rom. 8:18-23). 

As we groan for the coming redemption and engage as a community of students, may we be Christ-centered in these trying times, always remembering to bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ (Gal. 6:2). 

Wholeheartedly,

Brandon Gonzales