College is a unique place. Only in college can deep feelings of accomplishment and independence be immediately accompanied by even deeper feelings of frustration and disappointment. And though thousands of undergraduates attend, it can also be a lonely place for several reasons.
It is in times like these, many do something they’ve been taught to do since birth — they go to church.
There seems to be a resounding opinion from our generation, however, that says the church no longer hears us.
Many feel as though when they turn to the church, they are met with judgment and condemnation rather than love. These feelings of isolation can often cause resentment toward the church, leading frustrated individuals to turn away completely.
Disgruntled church-goers should be reminded that the views or actions of one individual church do not necessarily reflect the views of the entire body of Christ.
As a result, students should not let an incident with one church halt fellowship with the believers that is so essential to Christians.
Rather, explore various churches and denominations, because believe it or not, one church by no means encompasses the body of Christ.
When many students come to college, whether it be one of the most liberal institutions or Baylor, they are likely going to be confronted with issues that test their face.
Alcohol, sex and going to extreme lengths to try and fit in, often weigh on the minds of students. More importantly, how to confront these issues is an even bigger problem.
Rather than being offered solutions to help cope with these issues, students can sometimes be met with condemning judgements that don’t really help the situation. As a result, students can leave their respective church, and forsake the institution of church altogether.
But, have you ever considered the possibility of exploring other churches or denominations? There is a myriad of sects within the Christian community that addresses issues differently. You may also encounter someone at another church who is more properly equipped to help with your issue.
But you’ll never know for sure unless you branch out and try.
Because you are in college, there is likely a strong temptation to skip services because you just may not want to go. You’ve been forced to attend for several years, and now, since you don’t have to attend, there’ s no incentive. We’ve all been there.
The Bible makes it clear in Hebrews 10:25 that we should not forget to assemble ourselves together and fellowship.
Acts 2 outlines several purposes of the church, which include the teaching of biblical doctrine, observing the Lord’s supper and praying. All of these are essential aspects of the Christian faith.
So while you are an adult and have the option to do as you please, remember it is a mandate to fellowship.
In college, students are busy. No one will dispute that. Sometimes the problems faced by students coupled with the limited amount of time they have to meditate and think things through can cause to make them to make rash decisions.
But if students start looking at fellowship with believers as a way to draw strength, rather than as a chore, this will likely began to have different outlook.