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Wisconsin Family Connection
Week of July 26, 2010 – #845
Surviving the College Experience
The college experience. Today that phrase has come to mean for many, for all intents and purposes, four-plus years of debauchery, partying and the acquisition of liberal ideology, mounting debt, sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy, alcoholism, drug addiction and – allegedly – some level of academic education.
It can certainly be a treacherous path for the Christian student to traverse. Their professors and peers expect them to conform – and if they don’t – label them, marginalize them and stigmatize them as unintelligent, bigoted, and narrow-minded, for starters.
One college student who is a Christian recalls her days walking the halls of a public university in this state: “Every single professor’s office door was covered in political and cultural cartoons ridiculing everything from Christianity and conservatism to Creation theory and common decency. I remember thinking, they’re so proud of their diversity here but they completely lack diversity of thinking.”
Here are some statistics on colleges and college students in America—statistics that may startle you. Sixty-two percent of incoming freshmen are frequent or regular churchgoers. Only twenty-five percent of college juniors are frequent or regular churchgoers. In just two years, college cuts the percentage of churchgoers in half, and then some!
Sixty-one percent of previously churched young people become spiritually disengaged in college and remain disengaged in their adult lives. Almost one-half of all undergrads report binge drinking. Seventy-five percent of all college students report at least one negative experience with alcohol.
Ninety-percent of all professors on elite college campuses are liberal There’s a 13-point increase in support for same-sex marriage from the time a student arrives at college and leaves the campus.
These sobering statistics tell me we’re not only losing the culture war on college campuses, we’re losing our students physically and spiritually as they succumb to the siren call of pathology and debauchery.
Even private colleges and supposedly religious colleges are sometimes filled with liberal thinking and compromising temptations. What’s a Christian parent or college student to do? The answer is pray and prepare!
You can take steps to prepare yourself, or your student, to stand strong and even grow in their faith in college. Several national organizations offer worldview curricula for high school and college students to not only ground them in their faith but prepare them to defend their faith if need be.
Not every student is cut out to publicly challenge the status quo on the college campus, but every student can be prepared to stand his/her ground and not give in to the status quo.
Be encouraged, there are friends and resources for you, from legal help and representation through the Alliance Defense Fund and other legal groups to pro-life activities with groups such as Students for Life. There are resources to help you prepare and resources to help you fight back. You are not alone. Give us a call at 888-378-7395 to find out about some of these resources.
The hallmark of the Christian faith is that it thrives in the darkest of places. I have been so encouraged and amazed by the stories of courageous young people boldly living out their faith on college campuses in spite of the ridicule and persecution of their peers, professors and college administration. They are confronting the face of academic dogma on college campuses and challenging the status quo, slowly but surely.
Every year, as we move into the “going to college” season, I’m reminded of the fields “ripe unto harvest” on college campuses all over our state and nation. Make sure that you and your college student have a firm foundation in the Biblical worldview before they step onto that college campus, or return to it this fall. Their soul is worth more than the economic, physical, emotional and spiritual cost of a “college experience.”
This is Julaine Appling for Wisconsin Family Council reminding you the Prophet Hosea said, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”