There’s an ugly battle raging in today’s places of higher learning. The strongest, most enforced form of training going on in secular
colleges today is a rigorous push to cement into the cognizance of the studious subject the belief that strong morals, values, truths, and traditions conceived by the inerrant Word of God (Biblical Christianity) are outdated, unnatural, laughable, and just plain wrong.
This tsunami of slander constructed against the Word of God is directed wholly at the student and their innately human yearning to be accepted. The first waves of subtle disparagement smash ashore directly upon the scholar’s arrival on campus in the form of clubs, social media, & peer pressure. Then follow the subsequent waves of compromise, harassment from classmates & professors alike, textbooks, media, and every other outlet that the undergraduate is subjected to, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Saviour’s now seemingly distant call to follow hard after Him and study His Word when tempted, tried, and often falling, becomes habitually drowned out by the waves of Godless renderings of philosophy, science, and ‘new thought’. Sadly, all too often, the outcome of this largely unrestrained combat for young minds leaves us little room for genuine surprise when students, who were raised in Godly Bible-reading homes, come out the other side of today’s colleges & universities utterly brainwashed into Godless, entitled mind-sets engaging in rampant anti-Christian culture wars and despising the things of Christ that they once declared to hold dear. We’ve seen it happen to classmates, families, and friends time and again and it makes our hearts sick as we helplessly watch them just fade away.
This being said, ultimately, God is the one who preserves and draws His own back to Him if they are His to begin with but that knowledge doesn’t necessarily make it any easier to watch as it festers and grows uglier and uglier, semester after semester. But, as Christians, we must not be driven by fear but always remember that God is Sovereign over all. (2 Timothy 1:7), (2 Timothy 2:15) Knowing God for who He is and what His power does will drive out the fear of sinful man and what they can do. (John 10:29) God will hold His own sheep firmly. This doesn’t mean, however, to send your college age children over the edge of the White Cliffs of Dover and expect to find them unbroken at the bottom. With discernment, wisdom, and faith, we must shepherd young adults with love, instruction, and never discount the extreme importance of the knowledge of the sinful state of the heart, our need for Christ, and the relationship with Christ, our Saviour. It is a worthy pursuit to be well versed in theology and memory verses and details from Scripture but there must be redemption of the heart. Simply being able to win a debate about the particulars of Scripture or doctrine does not evidence a redeemed heart that God will hold fast through the storms of life. Everyone is unique and able to handle different battles at different levels. There is no standard procedure and it takes insight and wisdom to know what battles are likely to be conquests and which require more training in God’s Word and a deeper relationship with Him. (Proverbs 7:7), (Proverbs 1:4), (Deuteronomy 6:6-7)
Put on the full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. (Eph. 6:11)