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?
When God has you, every part of you, hold on tight. He’s going to take you for a ride. Eric Metaxas, in his biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer entitled, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy shows us what God can and will do through a person who surrenders his/her will at the feet of the cross. If you have not read this book, I plead with you to do so.
Can I be honest? Growing up in a Christian home is foreign to me. Sure, if you asked my family if we believed in God, we would have said yes. But follow Jesus? That’s something different, of course. But my kids will know what it means to grow up in a Christian home. And while I’m thankful for this (that will be another article), I also wrestle with fear because of this.