I’d like to review my hopes for the “standard equipment” of first-year students when they arrive on campus. Ideally, they’d have these tools in the toolbox:
- A big-picture overview of the Bible.
- Inductive Bible study skills.
- A basic gospel outline they can share with nonChristian friends.
- A beginner’s apologetic (see last week’s post).
- An awareness of social and racial justice.
This last item gets dicey because many evangelical churches are still under-developed on issues of race and justice.
Ironically, young people themselves often take the lead in this area, and it’s the older generations — say, 50 and up — of which I’m a member, that are the true students (or at least we should be) of such matters.
Bottom line: I’m never surprised when a first-year college student demonstrates a basic intuition for issues of justice and race. It’s in the DNA of this generation.
What does surprise, me however, is the occasional 18-year old student who arrives on campus with a theology* of justice and race in their toolbox. Now that’s rare, indeed, and much to be prized.
** Meaning, a broad biblical understanding of the topic.