How do you find what a Christian institution actually believes and teaches? While its brochures and website may claim that the college is thoroughly Christian and biblical, you have to dig deeper, asking the right questions of the right people.
Christian parents and prospective students have every right to clear answers. So don’t be afraid to ask direct and specific questions about what a student can expect to hear in class.
Some schools may become defensive or vague. But if you are gracious and sincere in your questions, their evasiveness itself should be a warning sign.
You need to be very specific. Be aware that some Christian teachers have redefined common words, such as “literal” and “worldwide,” to mean things that you may not mean by them. For instance, they may say they believe in a “worldwide Flood,” but they mean it covered “the known region of the world.”
If you get vague answers, the wording below gives some ideas for how you can make your requests more concrete:
No matter where you go to college, these principles will help you not only survive your college experience but also maximize this opportunity for all it’s worth.
When we make Christ the priority, we will take His Word as it should be taken—as the revealed Word of the Creator God, who knows everything, who never tells a lie, and who sees everything. This attitude protects us from letting others use the words of fallible humans to reinterpret the clear teaching of the Bible.
Maintain a steady intake of truth from God’s Word. Not only this, but also make sure that Scripture is the foundation for all of your thinking in every area.
Repeatedly, God describes Christians as a body of believers who work together and encourage each other to accomplish His purposes. To thrive in the college years, find committed fellowship under the guidance of spiritual leaders who know and apply God’s authority.
Even at a conservative Christian educational institution, your commitment to the Bible as your authority means that you must check everything you are taught against the truth of Scripture.
If you want to survive and thrive, having a clear mission is not an option. It’s an imperative. During college you have an unprecedented opportunity to allow the Lord to work through you to minister somewhere in some specific way. Pursue this with other Christians who share your passion.