College-Ready, or Not?

Will you walk into my parlour?” said the Spider to the Fly,
‘Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy;
The way into my parlour is up a winding stair,
And I’ve a many curious things to shew when you are there.”
Oh no, no,” said the little Fly, “to ask me is in vain,
For who goes up your winding stair can ne’er come down again.” 

It happened again.  I was talking to a dad today.  He bragged about his college aged son, but then added that, you know, college had done a number on their child’s faith.  How infuriating.  

From the moment they are born, we born-again, Christ followers realize the importance of passing on our faith in Christ to our children.  Nothing else takes precedence over this eternity altering and life molding relationship.  

They usually do pretty good while still in our faith filled homes.  I mean they are human;  they make mistakes, they get misled, but we are there to discipline, to talk to them, to speak truth to them.   Most things get buffed out and they pull on our faith when theirs is weak or challenged.  But then we send them off to college-as sheep among wolves.

Think about it:  If you were Satan where better to set up an ambush on the next generation than in a college.  I mean, we’ve taught them that they ALL have to go to college or they will be poor and destitute so more young people than ever are entering the college arena.  And who better to use than an impressive, successful professor of incredible (seeming) intelligence to baffle them and make them question every premise they’ve ever believed.  Not only question, but feel ignorant for believing.  And, they fall for it; not all of them, but some.  And some is too many.  

So, what can a parent do?  What can a Christian body do to help prepare their young adults for college.  I don’t know, maybe warn them.  Ignorance is not bliss here.  They have an enemy and we rarely tell them-too dark, a little scary.   And he is strategic in his warfare-yes, he hangs out at colleges.  If you were him, wouldn’t you?  It doesn’t take much intelligence to realize where the young, vulnerable ones are.  And, yes, there is such a thing as spiritual warfare.  Anyone who has ever experienced it knows it.  Spiritual warfare is just that-spiritual.  Aiming to draw us spiritually away from our faith in Jesus Christ.   “Do you actually believe?  How ignorant can you be?  Science reveals to us…”

They have to know that they will be tested in this lifetime; we all are.  They need to decide now what they believe and who they believe in.  They need to put on the armor that God has provided and stand firm in their beliefs.  College only lasts a few years.  The challenges to their faith can weaken them or strengthen them depending on how prepared they are.  For those who stand strong and keep the faith, they will come out stronger from the buffeting because they will have dug their feet in deep.

And now dear little children, who may this story read,
To idle, silly flattering words, I pray you ne’er give heed:
Unto an evil counselor, close heart and ear and eye,
And take a lesson from this tale, of the Spider and the Fly.

The Spider and the Fly
Mary Howitt 

 

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