Friday, February 04, 2005

How to Stay Christian in College

A week with a sick child at home and sundry obligations has left me with little time to write anything original. So today I’m going to direct your attention to an article published on the Prison Fellowship website.

With a Little Help from Your Friends was written by J. Budziszewski, author of the best-selling book How to Stay Christian in College. Much of what he writes could also be applied to high school, particularly if you attend a public school. Acknowledging that many youth stray from their faith during their college years, he poses the question: “Is there hope?” And then he answers it:

Of course ... To paraphrase Saint Paul in Romans 8, I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor professors, nor administrators, nor dorms, nor drugs, nor degree counselors, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. We can be separated from Christ only by acts of our own will.

Do read the whole article. One thing the author emphasizes is the importance of Christian fellowship. Positive peer pressure, you might call it. I made a lot of mistakes in high school and college. But I’ll attest that without the encouragement and accountability of many dear friends in the faith – one of whom later became my husband – I would have made many more errors and many worse messes.

“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”

Hebrews 10:24-25