Correcting our Vision: Changing How We See our College Students.
(This is the next part in my series "The Top 10 Ways to Spiritually Prepare Your College Freshman for Campus." This entry focuses on what the church can do from the home front while students are away at school.)
I’ll never forget the first time I put on a new pair of glasses. When I stepped out of the doctor’s office I could actually see the pinecones in the Longleaf pines way across the street. It's amazing what new lenses can do. What's more amazing is that I didn’t know I had a vision problem until it was corrected.
I propose the church needs a correction in how we view our college students.
A New Focus
Too often we have been nearsighted—“Let’s just get them through youth group, and they’ll be good to go. Job done. See you when you’re home on break.” But I believe we need to be more farsighted. It’s been said, and it sure seems to be true, that as the colleges go, so goes the nation.
What if when our college students go, we actually send them as missionaries? They are going into mostly hostile, unchurched territory rubbing shoulders with many unreached people groups. Sure sounds like a mission field to me.