No. This isn’t a scare tactic. It’s real. In our Western society and way of thinking, we’ve been boldly convinced we don’t need this. And the crazy thing is we often think we’re not ignoring it because we can see a faux representative of it. But what is it?
College is a pivotal time in life. It’s a time when we think about the future more than we ever have. It’s in college where, no matter if you’re at a state school or a Bible college, your faith is stretched. And, of course, it’s in college where the topics of career and calling are at the forefront of our minds.
Have you ever heard something like this? “You’ll have to excuse him, it’s just his personality to be emotionally aloof, socially offensive, and unapologetically jerk-ish.” We can agree that sometimes people use “personality” and personality tests as excuses to have poor character, yes? But is there any value in personality tests for Christians?
In 2005, Sociologist Christian Smith, along with Melina Lundquist Denton, published research they did at the University of North Carolina and the results were quite telling. They set out to discover the real religious beliefs of teenagers. Today, these beliefs are not just confined to those teenagers who are now twelve years older, but I believe these beliefs have crept into much of western culture.