All throughout the Hebrew Scriptures (or Old Testament), people would encounter God, call upon his name and make altars to Him.Time and time again, the children of Israel forgot the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. These things that God did in the past would seem far off. For some, the God of their fathers did not become their own God.
In the same way, our first colleges were marked for Christian training and have now become some of the greatest higher learning institutions in the world. The fact that our institutions draw some of the brightest in the world is a great thing but the name of Christ has many times become a byword. Some of our young people today feel the same way as the children of Israel and these things of the past sound like fables. They long for the real thing today!