Why College Students Lose Their Faith

Our local community college changed their rules.  Those people who wished to come onto the campus to give away Bibles and talk to students about God,  were now required to be students!  I decided to enroll in an English Literature class.

The required reading involved short stories. I noticed that many of the stories portrayed Bible believing Christians in a negative light. Following our reading, we’d listen to the instructor lecture us on the foolishness and ignorance of people who actually believe in God.

One day after class I went to him privately. I told him it was becoming obvious to me that he had an apparent agenda, and that was to undermine the faith of his students.  He immediately became nervous, defensive and denied the allegation. He assured me he had no such intention.

Yet after our meeting, the reading assignments changed. The subject matter improved. Never again did he speak disparagingly about Christians.  That is, as long as I was in his class.

Unfortunately, I believe many young people today are too intimidated to speak up. But not all!  I remember a high school senior who did the same thing.  She was president of the senior class and exuded confidence and poise.  She stood up in class, spoke loudly so all could hear, and said she could no longer remain in a class where her faith was insulted and threatened, and walked out. Her action affected change.

Have you experienced a similar situation? How did you handle it?

  • Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,  not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.   Philippians 2:3-4
  • Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.     Proverbs 31:8
  • SONG: GOD IS READY –  Words & Music by Kathleen, Robin poem by Elizabeth Cheney, circa 1931
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About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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9 Responses to Why College Students Lose Their Faith

  1. Linda Simson says:

    The only place where I have encountered a problem was in our daughter’s high school. The History teacher told the students to push their desks against the wall, sit on the floor in a lotus position and practice repeating “Ohm.” Our daughter refused to participate and later was admonished by her teacher to have a more open mind. Needless to say she was upset to see some of her brothers in Christ participate in the activity, because they feared reprisals. They felt so guilty they couldn’t look my daughter in the eye after class. My daughter and I met with the teacher and confronted him together, then met with the principal. The teacher stated emphatically that he felt he did nothing wrong and that he would continue this exercise to expose the children to Eastern Religions. The principal was unaware of this teacher’s plan. I strongly encouraged the principal that he demand the teacher get permission slips from the children’s parents…so that Christian students would not feel pressured to participate in a pagan ritual. Thankfully, this teacher never did impose anything like that on our daughter’s class for the rest of the year. I don’t know if there was anything more that could have been done or said.

    • Kathleen says:

      Dear Linda, Thank you for sharing your story. I’m glad to know you didn’t ignore it and followed through with a visit to the principal. I’ve heard stories from others about yoga and transcendental meditation being introduced to children in public schools without parents’ knowledge or consent. I once spoke with a former Guru from India who is now a Christian pastor. He said there is no Hinduism without yoga and no yoga without Hinduism. Om is part of the Sanskrit language, considered a sacred sound in Hinduism. It certainly does not belong in a public school.

  2. Prosper says:

    Short write-up but mighty info!

    Thanks for the information Kathleen. We’ve really got to speak up!

    • Kathleen says:

      Thank you, Prosper. I agree. We absolutely NEED to speak up when we see things like this. Dietrich Bonhoeffer once said, “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil. God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”

  3. Everest says:

    Thank you for speaking up, Kathleen and for reminding us of our duty according to scripture. May God continue to give you boldness and wisdom in ministering His Message!

    That song is BEAUTIFUL!!!

    You have the MOST amazingly beautiful voice!

    WOW! I am really impressed.

    Not only is your voice strikingly beautiful but the lyrics really spoke to me directly!

    Keep doing what you’re doing, Kathleen… There is a very rich anointing on your life!

  4. Susan says:

    As a freshman, I had a college professor for a freshman English class that was about literature and involved a lot of reading. The professor was so popular that there were very few freshmen in the class. Students would put off taking this class until they could get him. He was anti-religious but sang in the choir at church because he liked to sing. He often sparked dialogues by saying things like, “Can we all agree that there is no such thing as the devil.” Although I was very shy, I couldn’t let that statement pass. I would disagree and then a discussion would ensue. It was very intimidating as I rarely had anyone on my side of the conversation. The last day of the class the professor pulled me aside and thanked me for speaking up so that we could probe our beliefs and see if we just accepted what we had been taught or really believed it. I am very glad I stood up for my beliefs, but it was a most uncomfortable experience. I think it made me stronger in my beliefs.

    • Kathleen says:

      Good for you, Susan! Not many young people do what you did. Indeed, it is not easy. Yet this is what God calls us to do. You did the right thing. Moreover, there may have been students in the class who were influenced by your boldness.

  5. Frank King says:

    Kathleen, I have not personally experienced that in a class setting. But as you witnessed, it does happen. I know it’s tough for the students because the instructor controls the class, and he or she is often old enough to be a parent of the students, but we/students need to have enough holy boldness to speak up.

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