Helping Students Stand Strong on College Campuses posted by John Sorensen on Aug 06, 2018
This month, thousands of young people will invade campuses across our country only to encounter a culture conflict that they are not prepared for. And when they come face to face with a growing tide of atheists, who are prepared to challenge them on the basic foundation of the Bible, they crumble. An overwhelming majority will give little resistance and ultimately abandon their faith.
How else can they respond? Many have grown up in the church and sat through hours of Sunday school where lessons from the Bible have been taught as stories – fictional accounts that may or may not be truth or as unimportant facts from a long time ago.
But this is not the picture of the church taught to us by Scripture. The Bible describes believers as a mighty army waving banners as they march into battle and that “the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). This is not the image of our college students today.
In fact, just the opposite is happening. Christian students are entering college with no foundation to stand upon. According to Summit Ministries, 59% of students leave the faith during their college years. Why? Frankly, because they aren’t grounded in their faith.
According to David Kinnaman, president of the Barna Group, “decisions made from ages 18-29 are crucial and involve setting up the foundation for life.” These students need a strong basis for their faith in order to stand strong. Without it, their faith, and their worldview, will crumble.
The bottom line is that we need to teach our young people the Gospel. We need to teach them how to share it with others. And they need to see us devoted to that task. The forces of Hell on our college campuses should be shaking in their boots as they face all the Christian young people entering them. We need to prepare our young people to fight this battle and fight it in a more significant way.
The truth is, when the battle is over, we win! That is something to celebrate and be confident about. Let’s help our students enter college with that confidence by giving them the tools they need to succeed spiritually. If you’re not sure how to do that, we can help.