The college years have traditionally been a time for championing open dialogue, discussions about different ideas and opinions, conclusions about everything from morality to religion and politics. But these days, just the mention in having faith in the God of the Bible in many of our most reputable institutions could be on par with claiming to be a cave man of the first degree.
The Christian Perspective of College
Yet many of these prestigious universities such as Harvard, Yale, and others actually began as Christian theological institutions. As Christian parents then, how should we be preparing our kids to deal with an academic environment that might actually be hostile to their faith? How can we better prepare our kids to stand their ground amidst this growing hostility? Should we even consider sending our kids to a college or university that might draw our kids away from God?
It’s no secret that for quite some time now there’s been a liberal bent in much of higher education. But, it seems that in recent times there’s actually become a seething resentment, perhaps even hate, for anything to do with faith in God.
Another thing that so many of these academics don’t always have, is the ability or the wisdom to come to terms with the limits of their own finite knowledge. That’s a huge and arrogant mistake. So, when they pass-on their emotionally-charged leftist rhetoric to their young and impressionable students, things don’t always end well. Especially for those students who graduate “con-sum-lager” in Bolivian Snipe-hunt theory and then wonder why no one’s hiring.
So, these kids have the time to brood down that warped road of bias and hostility, anger, resentment, jealousy, and misery that their leftist professors have gone down and helped pave for them. But, that’s exactly how and when so many of our “educational” institutions embolden and equip more entitled “adult” spoiled brats to try to break our stuff or take our stuff away from us; including our faith. Particularly our Christian faith.
Discussing the Changes in Higher Education with Dan Dupee
Dan Dupee is President Emeritus of the Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO). He served as President and CEO of the CCO from 1999-2015, and as Chairman of the Board from 2016-2020.
Dan is also the author of It’s Not Too Late: The Essential Part You Play in Shaping Your Teen’s Faith, which was published in 2016 by Baker Books.
Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO) calls college students to serve Jesus Christ with their entire lives. They share the Gospel with students and develop passionate disciples of Jesus Christ. They serve together with the church and invite students into the lives of local congregations. They give students a vision for serving Jesus Christ in their studies, jobs, communities, and families.
Higher Education & Our Faith
- The impact of society and a pandemic on higher education
- Why is there an animosity towards the faith?
- How has higher education changed?
- What can we, as parents do to prepare our kids for college?
- Can Christian students thrive in a secular college environment
- What is CCO?
- Why is community more important than ever?
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