Academic life is becoming less and less accepting of Christian values. Are you ready for who’s waiting for you on campus? Find out more here.
Going to college is an exciting time. After years of living at home with your parents, you finally get to experience the freedom of adulthood in a different environment. These years are crucial to who you are and will most likely end up shaping the rest of your life!
So, are you ready for who’s waiting for you on campus?
The reality of academic life is that it’s becoming less and less accepting of Christian values. While it’s liberating to be on your own, you’re also detaching from the comfort of your family, friends, and youth group.
Are you ready to face hostile peers and professors who put down your beliefs?
Authors Smith & Lundquist Denton found three key points when it comes to Christian students on secular college campuses, which they’ve outlined in their book Soul Searching:
Number 1: American Christian Students are ill-equipped to speak about their faith.
Number 2: Many American Christian Students subscribe to a new feel-good religion, which isn’t actually Christianity at all. This belief centers on a few key ideas:
a) God exists, created the world, and watches over us.
b) God wants people to be good.
c) The central goal of life is to be happy.
d) God does not need to be involved in our lives except when we need Him to solve a problem.
e) Good people go to Heaven when they die.
Sound familiar? This isn’t Christianity. It’s Moralistic Therapeutic Deism.
Number 3: Doubt and unanswered questions often cause students to leave the faith.
College can be a dangerous space for those who don’t know what they truly believe.
Scripture warns: “See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.” (Colossians 2:8)
But there’s good news! The Bible tells us how to be prepared and protect our minds. Romans 12:2 says “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
God calls us to renew our mind to equip us for the inevitable challenges to come. What are you choosing to renew it with and what does that mean on a practical level?
Part of renewing your mind means being prepared to answer these crucial questions:
- Does truth exist and can we know it?
- Does God exist and how can we know that?
- Does God act in the world?
- Does God communicate with us in Scripture?
Being transformed by the answers to these questions will give you a map of reality that explains the world we live in and helps us navigate our lives. Otherwise known as a worldview.
The Christian worldview provides confident answers to life’s biggest questions.
When you’re equipped with reasons for the truth of Christianity and you have a worldview that guides your choices in life, then you’ll be ready for the people who are waiting for you. You won’t be left feeling helpless in conversations with your peers or professors. Instead, you will have the assurance to answer clearly with grace. And in turn, your voice can impact the people you meet.
This new season of adulthood is exciting, and it also comes with much responsibility. The important thing is to plan for a challenging environment. We want to be right there with you, helping you strengthen your faith. In fact, we exist to do just that. We have a ton of free resources designed with you in mind. Visit strNextGen.com to learn more.