by Jerry Solomon
In Colossians 2:8 Paul states that a Christian should
See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.
This verse has particular application for the young person who is about to engage in the intellectual and social combat that can be found on many of our campuses. Our colleges and universities are often "hotbeds" for non-Christian thought and life. The following examples bring this to our attention.
A sociology professor asked her students, "How many of you believe that abortion is wrong? Stand up." Five students stood. She told them to continue standing. She then asked, "Of you five, how many believe that it is wrong to distribute condoms in middle schools?" One was left standing. The professor left this godly young lady standing in silence for a long time and then told her she wanted to talk with her after class. During that meeting the student was told that if she persisted in such beliefs she would have a great deal of difficulty receiving her certification as a social worker.
During the first meeting of an architecture class the students were told to lie on the floor. The professor then turned off the lights and taught them how to meditate.
At a church-related university a Christian student was surprised to learn that one requirement in an art class was to practice yoga.
At another church-related university a professor stated that "communism is infinitely superior to any other political-economic system."
In an open declaration on the campus at Harvard, the university chaplain announced that he is homosexual.
As part of the resident assistant training at Cornell University, students "were forced to watch pornographic movies of hard core gay and lesbian sex."(1)
At St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, students who believe that homosexuality is an unhealthy behavior are actually discouraged from applying to the social work program."(2)
In a nationwide survey of adults, 72% of the people between the ages of 18 and 25 rejected the notion of absolute truth.(3)
George Keller, chair of the graduate program at the University of Pennsylvania, has described many college professors in the following manner.
Most scholars have lost interest in the fundamental questions about character, people's deepest beliefs, moral sense and values. They have become procedural and instrumental and many believe that they are value-free. They carry around all sorts of "faiths"--in the basic goodness of human nature, in humankind's ability to master all of Nature's processes and secrets, that more knowledge will result in a more harmonious society, that people can be made better by restructuring institutions or by smaller or larger government--without acknowledging the existence of these deep faiths.(4)
These are but a few of the many illustrations and statistics that could be cited as indications of contemporary college life. Are your students ready for such things? The following suggestions may be applied to help them in their preparation…
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