|K telling me his faith story
I find that many of the college students I visit with around the country don’t know why they believe in the Bible and Jesus.
I guess they formed these beliefs on the authority of parents and pastors, but few students can articulate any other reasons for their faith.
The result is that they tend to shield their religious life from the critique of the university. Either that or expose their beliefs and get slaughtered.
There is both a third and a fourth option, however. I favor the third: Integrate your faith and studies, which of course means owning your faith in a deep sense and having reasons to back it up.
The fourth option isn’t much good: Possess a kind of “blind faith” that, despite resistance on campus, blazes forward in strident, ignorant glory, causing much offense while taking solace in being persecuted for the Cause.
Back to option three–integration. This means inviting Jesus into every class, paper, exam and relationship. A small percentage of students I’ve worked with in collegiate ministry over the years (29 years, to be exact) come equipped out of high school with this mindset.
Evangelicals should be good at this integration. How could we improve?