August 25th, 2011
Testimony of a Discouraged Dad
At a recent seminar, a discouraged dad shared an all-too-familiar story: My son was a Christian growing up. He believed the Bible, was active in youth group…then he went to college. $100,000 later he graduated from college as a person who believes in evolution, thinks the Bible is just the opinions of men, and doesn’t want to have anything to do with Christianity or the church. Help!
You might expect that this young man had gone to a very liberal, secular university but when I asked, this dad named a “Christian” college in Minnesota. As he did, I felt the anger (hopefully, righteous anger!) rise up in me. This was the same “Christian” school that had undermined my faith “eons” ago in my freshman year. Apparently, they are still teaching the same old stuff – though I suppose they have now added “tolerance” to their agenda.
So parent’s, do not assume that just because your son or daughter is going to a “Christian” college, everything is fine. They might need to be even more prepared since they might falsely be expecting a truly godly education. Don’t let your child become a victim.
Teach your kids, grand kids, nieces, nephews, neighbor kids, and any others you can get to listen. Prepare them with good sound knowledge and resources to help them develop a strong, consistent, Biblical Christian worldview. Help them know what they believe and why. But don’t stop there. Teach them to be true “disciples” of the Lord Jesus Christ, loving Him with their whole heart, soul, and mind. Prepare them for the battles ahead, and teach them to stand alone, wholly trusting in the Lord to empower and protect them. Help them stand. Prepare them well!
By Mary Jo Nutting
Fish Out of Water by Abby Nye
Originally Published in the November/December 2005 Think and Believe.
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