Thursday, August 26, 2010

College and the Christian

 Roy Atwood writes in a recent blog post that "Education is a religious act."  Few Christians really grasp this concept, many surely believe it hyperbolic.  I graduated from a Christian college and was largely disillusioned by the experience.  My impressions of that particular Christian institution were very mixed.  On the one hand, the college was explicitly Christian in creed, but thoroughly compromised doctrinally and practically.  I had many wonderful professors who taught as Christians.  However, the tide of the institution increasingly mingled idols worship with the worship of the One True God.

This experience led me to later believe that secular universities offered a more fertile environment for Christians.  I believed this bizarre and ironic argument because the false piety of a so-called Christian college could do so much damage to the spiritual life of young Christians.  I experienced and saw this myself.  Yet paradoxically I saw vibrant Christians come out of secular universities supported by campus ministries such as Campus Crusade for Christ and Navigators.  I thought that intentional pursuit of Christian community in an otherwise hostile education environment could foster true spiritual growth and life.

Yet articles like Bill Savage's demonstrate the great danger involved in sending our young people to universities hostile to Christian belief.  Savage writes:

"The children of red states will seek a higher education, and that education will very often happen in blue states or blue islands in red states. For the foreseeable future, loyal dittoheads will continue to drop off their children at the dorms. After a teary-eyed hug, Mom and Dad will drive their SUV off toward the nearest gas station, leaving their beloved progeny behind.

And then they are all mine."

Atwood and Mohler both write more eloquently and succinctly on the issue, so I'll leave them to argue the points.  Do not surrender your children's education to pagans before thinking very carefully about the implications of such a decision.

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