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.