Going away to college can be scary enough, but when you are a Christian going out into the world, there is added anxiety. Nobody wants to go to college and get a Ph.D. in sinning. At college, every student is exposed to all types of different lifestyles and cultures, some good and some bad. It is possible to make the college experience fulfilling to the Christian without engaging in all the social activities that college is notorious for, which lead to sin.
Bring your Bible
This is the best advice that any Christian student can follow. You will have a lot to read during college, but none of that compares to reading the word of Christ. Of course, if you have a big exam to cram for, you might skip reading your Bible for a couple of days. The important thing is that you have it to lean on in times of temptation. The Bible speaks the truth on so many topics and can guide you to know what is the right thing to do in your life.
Don’t twist the words of the Bible to meet your own needs, though. Don’t assume that since Jesus turned water into wine that you can go binge drink at Thursday night’s frat party. Having a drink or two might be fine, but the reason that most Christian’s don’t advocate getting drunk is because when we feel that way our inhibitions are down and we are down for anything. Being inebriated might lead to you having sex with someone, or fighting with someone, or drinking and driving which might end up with you killing someone. These sound like the worst-case scenarios, but they have happened to plenty of people and we should learn from these mistakes. If you are facing temptation at college to do something that you know is not right, read your Bible to reaffirm your beliefs and give yourself strength.
Cell Phones and iPods
Cell phones and iPods are great, because we can use them on the go to help us celebrate our love for God. An iPod is an essential tool for a college student, because you can fill it with all the worship music that you love and use it to fuel your will to work hard in school. You can also download sermons to listen to if you can’t make it to church. Another great thing about iPods is that you don’t have to listen to what’s going on around you, which will help if you have an annoying roommate. Other people also don’t have to know what you are listening to. Sometimes people despise Christians and you may not want to show your faith around these people because it’s simply not worth the fight. You are just trying to get your education and get on your way. iPods allow us to plug in and listen without sharing with the rest of the world.
Cell phones allow us not only to connect to other people, but also to the word of God as well. There are so many apps that allow Christians to develop their learning of the Gospel. One app that I have gives me daily scripture and this type of thing can serve as a reminder of my purpose in life. If we keep our eyes turned towards God in heaven, we don’t have time to think about the so-called pleasures of this world. Plus, you can keep in contact with your Christian friends from home and encourage one another to stay strong in faith.
An Out-Going Spirit
During your four years in college, you don’t suddenly forget that you are a Christian. That time can be spent building fruitful relationships on your campus with other Christian students. There are usually Christian groups on campus that you can get involved in and through which you can help to convert others. These years can be the most inspiring years of your life if you embrace the fact that everyone is at college to learn new things. One of these things can be the word of God. You can help spread it through campus ministry if you choose to. You can form a small Bible study or organize a poetry night. There are so many things you can do to keep the focus off of the rowdy behavior of college and the positive example of Jesus.
College is going to be a life-changing experience for every student, Christian or not. During that time, Christians need to work extra hard to not succumb to the peer pressure of the secular world. Christians need to focus on God during this time by reading their Bibles and spending time with other Christians.