I’ve worked with college students for about 15 years now. Never once has a student said “I really regret not being able to be drunk every day for a week and sleeping with the whole soccer team.” I’ve never once heard a student express they appreciate that as they floundered in their faith the lack of support, people to guide and love them was exactly what they needed.
I have heard students say the same thing repeatedly...it wasn’t as fun or as important as I thought it would be.
The millennial generation is shaping our country in drastic ways. One thing that seems to pop up on my news feed often is the argument that a private college should not be considered because of the cost. Rarely is it pointed out that the discount rate often makes private colleges equal to or less expensive than state institutions. Putting college costs on the shelf for a minute, there are some key things to consider when choosing a college, and one of the largest questions is “How will the next 4 years shape belief system?”
Carl Henry referred to the millennial generation as “intellectually uncapped, morally unzippered and volitionally uncurbed.” I see this play out weekly on a college campus and in social media. And yes, the argument can be easily made that it is not limited to a specific generation.
Last week at Passion Conference Ravi Zacharias brought up the fact that relativism is being taught as a standard for learning in high schools and colleges across the US. He referred to an example from his life. An experience he wrote about several years ago. Zacharias explains below that college students reality now is that they are being taught truth is in the eye of the beholder.
“This disturbing reality was recently driven home ever more painfully. I was speaking with a friend of mine, a professional actor who in his superb presentations dramatically narrates Scripture word for word. I asked how his last performance had gone at a college that prided itself in academic excellence. He said he had experienced something thoroughly unnerving. As he enacted the anguish of Christ in the closing moments of His passion, and then His death, there were students who mockingly laughed through the presentation, truly amused by the pathos.”
Zacharias was making the point very clearly that the Millennial generation is being taught that truth is contradictory to scripture. “As a result, the whole process militates against reason because images have become the sum and substance of truth, and the written word is no longer user-friendly. For all practical purposes, truth has been relegated to technology, beauty has been subjugated to the beholder, and goodness is mocked night after night as millions are idiotized before a box. We have been left as expendable entities in a disposable world, and our experiences have become fragmented quantities in a disjointed world. Yet, the fearful symmetry remains, for at such a time as this we are called to proclaim, “It is written. . . .” Is the written Word the best method for an infinite God to have chosen to reveal Himself? Yes! Indeed, an emphatic yes! “
You may be thinking what’s the big deal? Consider the Barna Research Group’s survey on morality and relativism breakdown:
“Once again, the age pattern was evident. People 36 or older were more than twice as likely as adults in the 18-to-35 age group to identify the Bible as their basis of moral choices (18% vs. 7%). The proportion of young adults who selected the Bible as their primary moral filter was identical to that of teenagers. In contrast, more than half of the young adults (52%) and teenagers (54%) base their moral choices on feelings and beneficial outcomes compared to just one-third of adults 36 and older who do so (32%).”
“The researcher stated that the difference in truth views between born again and non-born again adults was statistically significant, but not much to cheer about. “When a majority of Christian adults, including three out of four born again Baby Busters, as well as three out of four born again teens proudly cast their vote for moral relativism, the Church is in trouble. Continuing to preach more sermons, teach more Sunday school classes and enroll more people in Bible study groups won’t solve the problem since most of these people don’t accept the basis of the principles being taught in those venues. The failure to address this issue at its root, and to do so quickly and persuasively, will undermine the strength of the church for at least another generation, and probably longer.”
When religion association decreases, morals decline. Ten minutes of listening to the news each evening should be enough to show you how drastically the morals are declining in the country. Hope seems fleeting. And this is why a Christian college might be something to consider.
At age 18 students all over the country are leaving their parent’s homes for the first time, taking a step toward independence, and entering college. Their dorm experiences vary, as do their student activity choices and weekly events. Their professors and coaches vary as well. At college, students are given the chance to make decisions for the first time in many areas. How long they stay up at night if they will attend class, what they will eat, who they will hang out with.
There is a wide range in colleges labeled Christian. Some are so strict they dictate what you wear and who accompanies you on a date. Others were founded with different ideas than they currently practice. When you find a balance that fits your boundaries comfortably you will find that the hope you are reminded of in your classes will carry you far beyond your years of study. You will discover that there is much more to a Christian institution than the media would like you to see.
The choice to be able to be taught that scripture is God-breathed, instead of a historical document will impact your thinking more than you realize. The safety you will find in the dorms where boundaries are established for you while you begin to decide for yourself what your personal opinion on boundaries is will not be something you look back on and regret. The choice to surround yourself with professors willing to point you to Jesus in the stressful times will be a blessing, not a regret.
Christian Colleges should be on your list as you consider pursuing higher education.