Raising Politically Incorrect Christians - Part 1
- Friday, March 09, 2007
According to TownHall.com columnist Paul Weyrich, this has been going on for forty years. His experience is recorded in his online article where he relates his days with a professor at the University of Wisconsin who assigned readings from the left and "worked overtime to discredit the founders of our once great nation." A very bold move, considering that most professors at that time were careful about allowing their views to spill over into the classroom and all over their students. He describes how this affected his conservative friend whose father did not understand what was going on in the classroom. His friend, beaten down emotionally by his father, and feeling defeated, slowly began to "adopt the beliefs of his Communist Professor."
Only twenty years ago, I had similar experiences. Friends without a strong foundation in the Bible, and lacking the communication skills to articulate their beliefs, found themselves growing further away from the Father and His plan for their lives.
Have things gotten any better in the last twenty years? Not at all. David Horowitz's book, The Professors: The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America exposes what most of the mainstream media will not tell you:
- "The Stanford University professor who refers to jihadist suicide bombers as 'martyrs' and denounces America on Al-Jezeera TV."
- "The criminology professor at the University of Colorado who gives final exams that require students to 'Make the case for gay marriage' and to explain why the United States liberation of Iraq is 'criminal'."
- "The Brooklyn College professor who calls religious people 'moral retards'."
What is an 18-year-old conservative Christian teenager prepared to reply? How long would your son or daughter be able to hold up under circumstances like this? More importantly, how would that affect his or her walk with the Lord?
"The methods of indoctrination are likely to include not only required courses, but also freshman orientations, speech codes, mandatory diversity training, dorm room policies, guidelines for student organizations and mental health counseling," according to J. Budziszewski, author of How to Stay Christian in College.
According to research Dr. Gary Railsback and the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA conducted in 2001, there is a 17% to 59% chance that a Christian going into a college or university would say that they are no longer "born again" after four years! This conversion rate has increased for most types of colleges or universities since 1989.
Nancy Pearcey, author of Total Truth, says, "Young believers also need a 'brain' religion--training in worldview and apologetics--to equip them to analyze and critique worldviews they will encounter when they leave home... Training young people to develop a Christian mind is no longer an option; it is part of their necessary survival equipment. Many Christian students are not prepared to handle the well-prepared arguments of their highly educated liberal professors who are intolerant of Christian views."
If you think that sending your teen to a Christian college will avoid these issues, you may be quite shocked at the following statistics. According to the same research mentioned above, while private universities showed 45% of students reporting that they were no longer "born again" after 4 years of college, Protestant colleges revealed that number to be 31% and Catholic colleges to be 59%!
"I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil." -John 17:14-15
Perhaps your son or daughter will choose what is behind door number two. What challenges await a young Christian just starting his/her career? Most large companies have policies that reflect secular worldviews. Your son may be frustrated to find that he is not welcome to pass out flyers that invite his co-workers to a Bible study, yet management has posted a memo about the Gay Pride Parade.
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