Golden Rule: Jacob Cupps

Jacob Cupps ’20, studying music theory and music history, strives to educate himself on the understanding of the world. “The world, how I have experienced it, is a chaotic and difficult place,” Cupps asserted. “Perhaps to a fault, I distrust the comfort and certainty of my Christian upbringing. Though the concept of God [that] we have constructed in Christianity seems reasonable to me, it is hard to claim the Christian title while sincerely believing the world is a place full of injustice.” 

In response to injustice, Cupps sees the importance of being an advocate for groups that are marginalized by the Church. Christians can help by becoming educated in these issues and by understanding the need for justice. “I think educating yourself is mostly about being able to listen to others while understanding and defending your opinions, but being willing to inform those opinions when new information is presented to you,” Cupps said.

When addressing the AU Golden Rule of love God, love others, Cupps states, “Love and listening are one in the same. Loving God, as a curious person, has meant cultivating my interests and talents, and trying to seek meaningful answers to my questions. Loving others, as a sensitive person, has meant developing empathy for people who have been ignored, while trying to will peace and exhibit kindness.”  

The Golden Rule of Anderson University is to “Love God. Love Others.” The students represented are just a few of the many who continue to show God’s love every day in various ways.

Written by: Cassie Sanchez ’20

Anderson University is a private, liberal arts institution in Anderson, Indiana with a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service in the church and society. Anderson University is recognized among top colleges by U.S. News and World ReportColleges of Distinction, and The Princeton Review. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university now offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in businessmusic education, and theology.

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