Friday, August 1, 2014

How to stay Christian in college

"How to stay Christian in college" is a book I found on Amazon, recommended for Godly teens to read. The title really bothers me. All I need to do is just stay where I'm at, stay Christian, bribe me to return to the back row- left pew week after week so that I will survive? What about growth?

I believe that college is like a ladder for the rest of your life. In college, we teens are finally let go of and given the choice of how we would like to work the ladder/ how we are going to live. We can ascend the ladder or descend the ladder with our thoughts, words, and actions. We make the biggest choices of our life during college which will either motivate us to keep climbing up or drag us to the very bottom rungs of the ladder of life. We choose who we are going to spend the rest of our lives with, what we are going to spend the rest of our lives doing, and what type of person we are going to invest in becoming.

We often point fingers at the church benchwarmers. You know, the folks that come to church for pot luck, say Happy Sabbath, and you never hear from then again- until someone in their family gets in an accident or they need extra help. Often it's mediocricity, Christianity on the fence, or One Day a Week Jesus- lovers. Whatever you want to call them.

But here is my question: If you don't get serious about Jesus in college, then when are you going too? When are you going to put on your big girl panties and realize you are now living in the REAL WORLD. You are not a naieve child anymore, your life will not last invincible, and your choices will start leading you to consequences whether good or bad.

Now is the time. Now is the time for Christian youth to not just stand firm, but to equip, to become theologically informed and well-invested in prayer and the Bible. Now is the time for us to begin our place as leaders in the church. We must start taking responsibility and learning.

We must learn what we stand for and study so that we are firmly rooted in Christ. Afterall, soon we will be leading families and having children. Do we want to teach them what we have been told? Or what we have read, prayed about, researched, and believe with all our hearts?

Now is the time to not just stay Christian, but truly surrender our lives to God and the study of His Word. Will you get serious about God today and commit to doing so through your college years?

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