I’ve been attending a Christian University (Biola University) for the past three years (two undergrad, one graduate). I’ve really enjoyed my time at Biola and seen my life transformed. I’ve also had many conversations with people about the positives and negatives of attending a Christian University, so I figured I’d write a quick post about my thoughts.
This isn’t a conclusive list, but just a few to start the conversation.
Praying in class.
In my personal experience, most of my classes begin with a word of prayer. This was a shock for me, since I had never been to a Christian school before my time at Biola. I’ve come to love beginning classes with asking Jesus to bless our time. It’s a beautiful reminder to invite God into your day, especially your school day.
You remember you’re not alone in your faith.
This world can sometimes make you feel like you’re the only person living for Jesus. Everyone seems to be banging each other, living for themselves, and sleeping in on sunday mornings. Attending a Christian university reminds you that you’re not alone in your faith. You’ll make friendships that will continue throughout all of eternity.
Everywhere you look, you see someone at a particular stage in their walk with Jesus. It’s also common to see multiple people praying in groups throughout your typical day. You’ll also see a dozen Bible’s, too.
God’s Kingdom is plentiful, and you realize that at Christian universities.
You can understand God’s role in a variety school subjects.
Secular universities present school subjects apart from God, or even sometimes at odds with God. You will learn about how science discredits the creation accounts in the book of Genesis, how philosophy disapproves the existence of God, and how anthropology reveals the alleged lies of the Bible. Obviously, that won’t happen on the campus of Christian universities.
I once took an english class on earlier civilization literature. We read pieces of literature and discussed the similarities they had with Biblical writings that were current at that time. We didn’t get into a huge discussion, but it was touched upon to show it’s relevance to the Bible. This happens often in classrooms at Christian universities.
Huge opportunities to grow.
The events, clubs, and other activities that usually go on at Christian universities are huge opportunities for growth in your faith. I’ve heard of friends attending clubs that travel to Utah to share the Gospel with Mormons during, of all times, spring break. There’s always something exciting and God-centered happening on campus.
If you take advantage of these opportunities, you will see your faith grow in ways you could ever imagine.
Professors are the meat and potatoes of any university. They have a way of inspiring you like no other person can. And Christian universities have their own set of superb men and women who will mold you, not only into an academic stud, but, more importantly, a mature believer in Jesus.
Your professors will become your role models. You’ll see their passion for Jesus, their knowledge of their specific expertise, their heart for you, and you will be in awe. They make themselves available, like all teachers, but they also will be there to help you in ways that only nurture the Christian.
Those professor will mold you into the person you’re meant to be.
You live within the Christian bubble.
As you enjoy not feeling alone in your walk with Jesus, you might not want to leave that feeling. The Christian bubble, as they call it, become your only reality. You end up spending the majority of your time with other Christians. In other words, you’re a light in an already lit up room.
The darkness surrounding your campus is of no concern to you, since you’re only focused on never leaving the nest. You’re not willing to share the Gospel to unbelievers because you’re too concerned with debating predestination with your friends.
Jesus tells us to “go” (The Great Commission), yet you still stay.
Woe to us.
“Ring by spring”.
Let’s be honest, Christians tend to get married by the dawn of their adolescence. Babies be makin’ babies. By your mid-twenties, Christians are expected to be married with 2.5 kids and a white-picket fence surrounding their family home. The origin of all that is the Christian university and the “ring by spring” is the conduit for this activity. Everyone isn’t this crazy at Christian universities, but far too many are.
By the end of college, most people want to either be married or, at least, in a relationship with the person who will become their spouse. This isn’t such a bad thing, since we all want to love and be loved. However, the Christian university trend of “ring by spring” tends to rush to the destination of marriage, at the cost of missing out on the wonderful journey to marriage. These girls are already dieting to fit into the wedding dress they’ll wear when they marry the man they haven’t met yet.
You’ll have a ring by spring and a divorce by fall. The Bible says “love is patient”, so rushing love is counter-productive.
The cost of an education is already expensive, but the cost of a private university is even more expensive. It’s ridiculous. Biola costs an arm and a leg. I have friends at Cal State schools spending a fraction of what I’m spending. That’s even more ridiculous. If you attend a Christian university, you better be completely sure that it’s where God wants you to be, or else you’re wasting both your time and money.
Some students at my school, look at our school president and seem to worship the ground he walks on. I, on the other hand, see him as the brother who is the reason I’m drowning in an avalanche of debt. I don’t particularly care to look at him. haha.