When I think about the calling of young Christians today, on whether they should choose between authority or vulnerability in serving God, the answer is – yes. I sincerely believe every Christian student should be excellent in the field God calls them to. They need to be great mathematicians, poets, engineers, cooks, CEOs, or janitors, yet should be willing and able to cast all of that excellence aside as garbage when compared to their pursuit of Christ.
The Iron Law of Education is deceptively simple and unimaginably powerful: you become like those who teach you. Even if you are not conscious of this transformation, it’s happening – steadily and silently. The Master Teacher tells us how to avoid being the blind led by the blind: by choosing your teachers well.
The Iron Law is one of the most powerful forces, perhaps the most powerful force, that shapes the hearts of young people. Students during the formative ages between 5 to 25 are being actively shaped by the Iron Law to become like their teachers. The character of their teachers drives their destiny.
More than 10% of older adults hold a biblical worldview, but less than 0.5% of younger adults. That kind of shift should stun us. A more than twenty-fold reduction in biblical worldviews across generations. While many people call themselves Christians without holding a biblical worldview, this should only heighten our need for diligence.
As the older generation passes away, and the younger generation gains in power, our world is going to be radically different. Being a genuine Christian will be much more difficult and rare.
College students who are utterly passionate about God are as rare as raindrops in the Sahara. Having worked with college and graduate students for about 20 years, I have searched diligently for students single-minded in their devotion to God—zealous for prayer, the Word, fasting, evangelism, and the church. Yet my search has been met with great disappointment. Simply ask yourself, “How many college-age students do I know who are on fire for the Lord, rejecting sin and using their youthful vigor for exploits in the kingdom?”
What is the goal of college? A recent Barna study (July 2017) asked over a thousand adults this very question. Out of ten choices, the top two goals were career advancement and money. The bottom two were spiritual growth and character development. Interestingly, practicing Christians provided the same rankings as those without faith.