"We had Dorothy Hamil, you have Tonya Harding.
We had Tom and Jerry, you have Beavis and Butthead. We had drive-in movies,
you have drive-by shootings. We had mood rings, you have rings everywhere
you can pierce the skin. We had Gloria Steinem, you have Lorena Bobbitt.
We had the Smothers Brothers, you have the Menendez brothers. We had Lassie,
you have Snoop Doggy Dog. We had Dr. Marcus Welby, you have Dr. Ruth and
Dr. Dre. And we had the Brady Bunch and you have the Brady Bill."
Mr. Tkach urged students to understand that, "in
Christianity, the message central to our institution, the relativism of
our pluralistic society can easily be defeated by the Logos."
"Jesus Christ is our absolute," he said.
"He is Supreme, the only one, and when He lives in us, His morality
is absolute. It is only He who can give value to it because He created it
"For us as Christians, the law of Moses is
transformed by the newness of our life in Jesus. He removes our condemnation
and our inability to fulfill the law."
Mr. Tkach also commented on the freshman reception
of the evening before, noting, "This is the first class I remember
where first-year students greeted me and said, `I pray for you.' I believe
that speaks well of our incoming class because we are a Christian university."
Mr. Tkach ended his address to the students by
presenting commemorative plaques to 15 of them who served on the Jordan
project, a humanitarian mission in Amman, Jordan, conducted by the university
and its sponsor, the Worldwide Church of God, in which students taught children
with mental and physical disabilities.
Students honored were Tony Antonacci, San Antonio,
Texas; Glen Aspenns, Altadena, Calif.; Jeff Campanella, Staten Island, N.Y.;
Sherri Campbell, Bolivar, Mo.; Jess Dax, Sheboygan, Wis.; Daniel Espinoza,
Pueblo, Colo.; Mike Guibord, Southfield, Mich.; Leah Kendall, Mountain Home,
Ark.; Heather Kerr, Tallula, Ill.; Daniel Meek, Lawton, Okla.; Troy Meisner,
Spring Valley, Minn.; Novella Meisner, Chatsworth, Ga.; Teresa Rhay, Eugene,
Ore.; Seth Samuels, Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Katrina Wright, Park Forest,