As you examine the landscape of West Michigan, you will notice no mountains, or even hills that might be mistaken for mountains. Why, then, has Zion chosen "Mountaineers" as its mascot?
A mountaineer can be defined in two ways; either as one who is a mountain climber, or as one who lives in a mountainous region. As Christians, we believe that both of these definitions fit well with our standing in Christ.
First, we are mountain climbers in the sense that we have not yet physically arrived in Mount Zion. Rather, until the return of Christ, believers remain as sinners in this world, referred to by Scripture as the present evil age (Galatians 1:4).
However, even now, God does not look upon us in our sin. Instead, by way of our union with Christ, we have been raised up together, and made to sit together in the heavenly places with Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2). It is through the infinite power of Christ's resurrection that we are citizens of Mount Zion.
In summary, the Mountaineer mascot is one that has very little worldly significance to us in West Michigan. Rather, it has a deep spiritual meaning, as it serves to encapsulate our heavenly citizenship in Christ. Let us then, as we go about our way in the classroom, in our private lives, on the athletic field, or in other public arenas, present ourselves as true spiritual "Mountaineers."
If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. (Colossians 3:1-4)