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September 27, 1970
THE DAILY TAR HEEL
Church Is A Bad Word
Awards Off The Week
IRATE PARENT OF THE
WEEK AWARD-To the father who
found his son sleeping in the lobby
of fourth floor James last weekend
and promptly turned his son's
roommate in for a violation of the
administration's visitation policy.
CLASSIFIED AD OF THE
WEEK AWARD-To Bev Parker in
Winston Dorm who paid for a
classified which read: "I suppose I
am being irrational in placing this
ad,, but could whoever finds the
S20 bill I misplaced on campus be
just absurdly irrational and return
THE PENN CENTRAL AWARD
OF THE WEEK-To the University
Party hierarchy for fighting for two
days over the chairmanship before
realizing that nobody wanted it.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
AWARD-To Dr. James Taylor,
assistant director of the UNC
infirmary, who said, 'The only
resemblance (of the infirmary to
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78 Years of Editorial Freedom
Tom Gooding. Editor
Rod Waldorf Managing Ed.
Mike Parnell News Editor
Rick Gray Associate Ed.
Harry Bryan Associate Ed.
Chris Cobbs Sports Editor
Glenn Brank Feature Editor
Ken Ripley Nat. News Editor
Doug Jewel? Business Mgr.
Frank Stewart Adv. Mgr.
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Opinions of The Daily Tar Heel axe expressed on its editorial P- AU
unsized editorials are the opinions of the editor and the staff Letters and
columns represent only the opinions.of the individual contributors.
Tom GoocSng, Editor
North Carolina Memorial Hospital)
is that we are located in the same
building." Right on, Dr. Taylor.
TAKE A DRINK OF THE
WEEK AWARD-To the University
which finds itself facing its second
water shortage in two years with
the level of University Lake 41
inches below normal. Everything
would be fine, officials say, if there
were some rain to fill the lake and
let them use the addition to the
dam that was completed a couple
of days after the last rainfall.
I AM CURIOUS OF THE WEEK
AWARD-To Big Red, whoever he,
she or it may be, for keeping the
student body and the DTH staff in
suspense with three ads in
Saturday's paper, none of which
said what or who Big Red is.
ATTEMPTED SABOTAGE OF
THE WEEK AWARD-To former
student legislator and conservative
party leader Joe Beard who, prior
to Thursday's meeting of
legislature, passed out a two-page
document lising about 25 motions
designed to throw the proceedings
into total anarchy.
OPTIMIST OF THE WEEK
AWARD-To Dr. Claiborne Jones,
special assistant to the chancellor,
who assessed the water shortage by
saying, "There's no sense in
anybody getting excited because
it's going to rain like hell before
TAKEN BY" HIS POSITION
AWARD OF THE WEEK-to
Student Body President Tom Bello
who took advantage of his office
Saturday to ride his bicycle through
FAD OF THE WEEK
AWARD-To all the Daily Tar Heel
columnists who felt the only way
they could express their thoughts
during the week was in the form of
I SHORE AM SAWRY
BUT. ..AWARD OF THE
WEEK To all those coeds who put
on their nice blue ribbons to be
herded together, led through living
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rooms and then be told that they
just didn't measure up to the high
standards of Zeta Phi Tootie
POLITICS MAKES STRANGE
BEDFELLOWS AWARD OF THE
WEEK-To Karl Stauber, head of
the Student Consumer Protection
Service, who gave Student Stores
manager Tom Shetley a hand
Thursday by drawing the winning
name in the store's television
ONCE IN A LIFETIME
AWARD OF THE WEEK-To Tim
Kilpatrick whose name was drawn
from the bucket in the Student
Stores. Treasure that TV highly,
Tim, you will never again get
anything free from the Student
GRAND RE-OPENING OF THE
WEEK AWARD-To the New
Establishment which opened its
doors this week after being closed
down for 30 days by members of
the Old Establishment.
PLANNING FOR THE
FUTURE AWARD OF THE
WEEK To the University traffic
office which this semester issued
parking permits allowing 14,500
cars to try to park in the 6,800
parking spaces on campus.
OF THE WEEK AWARD-To Dean
Cornelius Oliver Cathey for his
letter to Student Body President
Tom Bello, telling him, "I must
advise you that the action of the
Student Legislature in this instance
(refusing to accept the
administration's policy) cannot be
accepted as binding in any way.
Neither the Legislature nor any
other branch of Student
Government may speak for the
entire University community,
determine policy unilaterally, or
modify policies made at other levels
of University administration."
But the administration, in its
consummate benevolency and
Good Moraj i n g
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"Church" is a bad word nowadays.
Of the many institutions now under
seize, or neglect, the institutional church
must come somewhere near the top of
She comes under attack from the
politicians, who question her "privileges"
and who trumpet their own causes under
the church's banners. Blacks storm the
pulpits with their demands. The youth
flock out of the church in droves, leaving
the church to her "churchianity." Many
adults simply ignore her.
And the institutional church hasn't
helped. The Church as an institution has
become increasingly confused and
unwieldy, at the same time seemingly
more concerned with self-preservation as
an institution than with the spiritual
purposes she's been given. The quality of
the institutional church has suffered, and
her credibility is at low ebb.
As a result, the institutional church is
losing her audience. Fewer people are
willing to listen to what she says. The
post-war religious boom has not merely
leveled off, but nearly every major
denomination has reported actual losses
in church membership.
Colin Morris, a missionary and
president of the United Church of
Zambia, eloquently expresses the
"Our strident and bitter denunciations
of the Church leave no serious wound.
The most devastating judgment of the
Church comes from the man who, with
exquisite politeness, as though raising his
hat to a lady, walks quietly out without a
cross word or murmur of disappointment
Driving back to Chapel Hill after a
summer at home, my roommate and I
were impressed in a funny sort of way
with Interstate Highways. You know, the
roads they build just for getting there?
Now this may sound strange because
people usually get on a road to go
someplace, and the best road to get on is
one which goes someplace the
fastest Interstate Highways, of course.
But consider that there are some
people around who believe the going, the
actual driving time; to be as important if
not more importatn than the destination,
then the idea behind Interstate Highways
becomes sort of useless.
And why not? Who's to say which is
more important the getting there or the
Throughout our entire lives, we are
told to get there fast get through college
fast and then enjoy life. But once you get
through college, you find that there is
only another "getting there" and not an
So there you are, out of college, and
they (usually parents and generally
people over 30) are telling you to get a
job and then sit back and enjoy life.
Life like this appears to be an endless
and gets on with the business of living
without her, a tolerant but utterly
However, contrary to popular
suspicion, I don't feel that the
institutional church is bad at all, merely
ineffective. The institution has "asked for
it," but I question somewhat that she
really deserves all of the condemnation
piled on her. The institutional church is
humanly run and is, to her own decline
and confusion, quite fallible. But not evil.
And not all of the church is
"churchianity." The label "Christian" can
still be applied, however discriminating.
But that non-Christian churchianity that I
do see the sanctity without the spirit,
the professions without the deeds, the
legalism without the love-still remains a
serious infection within the church, one
which stifles Christianity within the
institution and alienates those outside the
The problem hampering change is that
those within and apart from the
institutional church have placed too
much importance on the institution and'
not enough on the Church. But the
institution is not the Church of Christ. It
is only the functional form through
which the Church" can express itself.
Where the institution is wrong, Christians
should oppose it.
I criticize the institution where need
be, not because I am "outside the
Church," but because I love the
Church-what it is and, more
importantly, what it can be.
The Church, from the band of early
disciples until now, is not an
organization, but people-"the body of
series of getting there, getting there,
getting there. And what's it all worth?
The only memories you have are those
dealing with how you got there, and the
only things you know are things that
pertain to "how to get there."
So it appears that everyone has to
make a choice between "getting there"
and "enjoying life." Some will say, "Well
why can't you enjoy life while you get to
where you are going?"
What's the use in getting anywhere if it
only leads to another thing that you have
to get to? What's the use in making good
grades in high school so you can get into
college, then making good grades in
college so you can get a good job, then
working hard at your job so you can
make more money, then making more
money so you can a better life insurance
policy, then having a better lfe insurance
policy so you can die?
The answer to this is because that is
the way we have been brought up to live
(or die), that is the American way of
growing up, that is the way it has always
been-people don't know how to think
People have always gotten on
Interstate Highways just to get some
where and not to enjoy the drive.
So now the question becomes,
"Should I pursue a meaningful life, or
should I go along with the system?"
Judging from the number of people
who have chucked the system, it is
Irks Letter Writer
To the Editor:
On the way to Chapel Hill today we
stopped at a place between Pittsboro and
Chapel Hill for some of their good
Southern barbecue. It was well advertised
by road-side signs along the way. Looking
for the entrance we encountered a door
marked "Private." Then we noticed there
was a place to order near a window at the
front. We ordered a barbecue and a drink.
The person who waited on us said,
"We have a dining room inside if you'd
like to come in and sit down." She
indicated the door around to the side. I
said, "But, that's marked 'Private. " She
replied, "Well, that's to keep the colored
out." Restraining myself as much as I
could I simply told her, "Well, we don't
want any of your barbecue then."
Shading our heads in disgust we drove on
in to Chapel Hill.
This is the. heart of law 'n order
country. I suggest some people of various
believers" who have accepted the good
news of the Gospel and have become
followers of Jesus Christ. The Church is.
simply, Christians, all of them, who
laugh, cry, work, suffer, and live in a
world that demands much of them.
Christianity is not, nor dare it be, an
institutionally-centered or man-centered
entity by itself. Biblical Christianity is
God-centered in its faith and concerned
with men in its religious working-out of
that faith. On campus, in the home town,
in the world.
The Gospel message of Jesus Christ,
that God has personally acted to
reconcile man with Himself, is an exciting
and ultimately important statement. It is
the heart of all my concern and
efforts-to show that it is possible for
people to have a real, lasting relationship
wiht God through Christ and a new
quality of life itself that is rich,
meaningful, and full of more love than a
love-starved world can ever believe.
But the Gospel message is not
entrusted to me alone, but to all
Christians-to the Church. With this
message comes sobering responsibility.
During His ministry', when Jesus sent
the disciples out to preach, He warned
them, "He who hears you hears me, and
he who rejects you rejects me, and he
who rejects me rejects him who sent me."
The God I have come to love has nev er
failed to keep His promises and make
good His claims, but we, as very human
"Church" is a bad word nowadays.
But who, we should all ask, is to blame?
And what can we do about it?
obvious that there are many people who
either don't want to lead a meanful life,
don't know what a meaningful life is, or
think they can lead a meaningful life
within the system.
Now I don't think there are too many
people who truly don't want to lead a
meaningful life, so I believe everybody
who hasn't chucked the system falls into
the other two categories.
Those who don't know what a
meaningful life is and remain in the
system will undoubtedly be trying to
change the system or at least help some
friends realize what it is.
So now we've got people on three
different levels-those who don't know
how to live, those who know how to live
but prefer to remain within the system,
and those who know how to live and
reject the system.
There are good arguments for both the
"reject the system" people and the "stick
with the system" people, but I think it is
unrealistic to think that one can totally
do without the system.
Besides, when you reject the system,
you may find that you must reject some
of the people you love who wish to
remain within the system. People mean a
lot more to me than any system which
However, if everybody would make
the effort together, then we could make a
system where everyone could live a
meaningful life. The decision is yours and
mine. Together we can get to the point
where we won't need Interstate
Highways or systems, for that matter.
make a special trip to this place. And take
the Sheriff with you.
Robert D. Raiford
Hilton Head Island
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shades of "color" who lie in the area