An Open Letter to Graduates: Part 2

by Sean McDowell

In my post yesterday, I offered the biblical prophet Daniel as an example to high school graduates of how to stay strong in their faith in college.

In this post I want to offer three practical ways you can purpose beforehand to do the right thing so you can thrive in college rather than crash.

1. Making Right Choices

First, have you determined in your heart how you will respond to peer pressure to drink alcohol? Most of you have already faced this to some degree, but the stakes change when no parents are there to check on you at night or wake you up in the morning.

In his book University of Destruction, former tennis star David Wheaton shares about how his world came crashing down his first few weeks at Stanford. The rampant sexuality, widespread drunkenness, and attacks by his professors on his faith were too much for him to handle, and his faith shipwrecked.

David’s experience is typical of many young people who go off to college—they simply have not realistically thought through how they will respond to peer pressure. And so when “all” their friends are doing it, they give in.

David described how the moment his duffle bags hit the floor of his new dorm room his tennis teammates barged through the door with pitchers of beer in hand. How would you respond in that situation? Have you purposed in your heart not to defile yourself, like Daniel?

2. Standing for Truth

Second, have you determined to stand strong intellectually? More than half of college professors say they regard the Bible as fable and legend. Far more professors are liberal than conservative (72% vs. 15%). Your professors have a worldview and they will try to impose it on you. I am amazed at how many students have their belief system rocked when a professor questions the Bible, Jesus, or the evidence for creation. One of the best things you can do is to go into the university with your eyes wide open for intellectual challenges. Expect them…

An Open Letter to Graduates: Part 2