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REMEMBERING OUR OATH AND OUR PROMISE TO OUR FOUNDERS


    Welcome to the "Burning Sands",where the weary fall by the wayside. It is here that we will answer some of those questions regarding a time-honored and traditional phrase and aspect of fraternities and sororities. Please be advised... this will be done so as not to divulge private, or privileged, information regarding any organization in particular, but will hopefully serve as a foundation for understanding why we as fraternities and sororities participate in various rituals or traditions. It is only when we understand the past that we can truly understand the present!


    Why do we, as "Greeks", travel across the "Burning Sands"? That has been a question that has puzzled not only non-members of Greek-Lettered organizations, but members as well. Very few members of these organizations have a clear understanding of the "journey across the arid sands of the desert", known to many of us as the journey of the weary traveler. In order to help place this whole process into perspective, let us first examine a well-known story in the bible about the trials of a man by the name of Yashua, commonly known as Je'sus, in the desert, or "wilderness" (Isaiah 35:1) as the bible states.

    In Matthew 4:1, Je'sus made his way into the "wilderness" where he was tempted by the devil. This "wilderness" is not just a wilderness in the literal since of the word, but it can be translated as a place among the unbelievers, or a place where the Lord dwells not- a place of sin. How do we know this? Well, if one were to just browse through the Old Testament, he would find that the references to tabernacles being constructed are done so in the wilderness.

    This brings us back to the desert, or wilderness. For those of us who are members of these Greek-lettered organizations, what does this have to do with us? Well, for one thing, when a person lives a life of sin, he is constantly faced with temptations of the flesh. The "burning sands" represents those trials and tribulations that we are constanly faced with in our daily lives. The practice of "crossing the sands" represents our triumph over the temptations of the flesh, when we must rely on the assistance of another to successfully make it across ths burning sands.

    There is also the journey where some are taught that they are the greek traveler, coming from the deserts of the various lands in "Africa" (Ethiopia, Angola, Kemit, etc.) crossing the sands with one mission in mind. That mission is to "Bring knowledge to those who are without." or as they are more commonly known, "those we dwell in darkness." When the Greek Traveler crossed the sands of the Sudan and the Middle East he found a people who were in need of knowledge or light. Kind of like Paul in the book of Acts when he found a group of greeks who knew of GOD, yet they did not know "of" GOD. They did not know GOD's name or the pathway to fellowship with GOD. They erected an alter to the unknown GOD, whom they worshiped, but did not know.

    For those of us who are members in these Greek Lettered Organizations, we should take the meaning of crossing the burning sands to heart, for it is embedded in the depts of our souls. For those of us who are not members, you too cross "Burning Sands" daily. Rely on a strength greater than your own.


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