College students are abandoning their faith at alarming rates.
Since 1971, the UCLA Higher Education Institute has tracked college freshman’s religious identification. The number of freshman who do not identify with a particular religion has been constantly increasing and reach an all-time high of 30% in 2013.
The average college campus is controlled by pleasure traps. The devil disguises evil behind the temporary pleasures of alcohol, drugs, and lust. In college, these pleasures are glorified in the college-party lifestyle. Incoming freshman are aware of the college party scene, and most of them have no issue with it. In fact, most look forward to the parties.
The Bible says in many instances that we must learn to please our spirits, not our flesh.Romans 8:6 says, “For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace.”
College students must understand that alcohol,drugs, and sex will never bring true satisfaction in life. Only God can bring true satisfaction—eternal satisfaction.
Another reason college students are losing faith is because the typical college definition of cool is the complete opposite of God’s idea of cool.
In college, coolness is sleeping with random people, using stress as an excuse to smoke an illegal drug, getting drunk to be funny, and skipping class because you’re hungover.
God’s idea of cool isn’t sleeping with randoms, but praying before you sleep. God doesn’t see digesting 7 beers in an hour as cool; he sees digesting seven pages of scripture in an hour as pretty dang cool. That’s a metaphor by the way, so please don’t go eating seven pages of the Bible.
God’s idea of cool and college’s idea of cool are about as similar as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Except in this case, there’s actually a good choice—God.
So for today’s college students to be the generation that chooses God, they must understand that popularity is overrated. If a frat calls you a loser for simply being a good person, laugh at him. His opinion will never compare to the opinion that determines eternal life or eternal damnation.
If you follow God, he will take care of the rest, and, not only will good people befriend you, you will convert haters into believers and take them with you to eternal life. College will not be easy, but if you dedicate your life to God, you will make the world a better place.
Develop a personal relationship with God and live like you want him to think you’re cool. Never turn your faith off. Keep your God switch on, wear your faith on your sleeve, and always make time to pray. Praise him, ask for his help, and thank him for everything he gives you.
The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.