Liberalism & Campus Ministry
Charles Krauthammer, a renowned doctor and sociologist commentator in Fox News, says that in the 60s there was a counterculture leftist plan to take over the academia of universities in America to reshape America’s worldview. And they did: they have taken over the colleges one after other surely by sending the best man and woman to do PhDs and eventually become professors in the universities, especially the ivy league who in turn produces the most professors for other universities. And these professors begin to publish their thesis, books, and worldview. A look at all the colleges in America today will see how students heavily towards one end, liberalism.
Today’s college students by a far majority lean towards progressive values, liberal worldviews, including Christians to a significant extent. They are the future Leaders of America and why is the church losing the grip/influence on the young people there’s only one way to stop this slide by bringing in the glorious gospel to campus for a rich life transformation & endowment of the “life of abundance” that Jesus promised.
Any wonder America’s leaning towards sexuality continuously like gay marriage, transgender as a seismic shift of America’s worldview stunning even the liberals by the success they have. It all started in the campus, and today Christians has a unique opportunity to penetrate university. Strictly speaking the gospel is neither left nor right, neither liberal nor conservative. Gospel cares for the poor & marginalized which sounds like the liberal left but also stands for morality like marriage between a man & a woman, sexual fidelity, honesty, integrity, faithfulness etc. All these virtues (except the sexuality stuff) are all applauded by the society at large, but the major difference between them is that the society at large fails at carrying out these virtues, because humanly it’s impossible because our human nature is fallen & bankrupt by default. (Ephesians 4: 18 They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.)
Any effort to boost it up as we see that plentiful in schools and the rest, are all but temporary, not sustainable, because the real reason is that our hearts are darkened, and hardened. We do have virtuous human instincts, but that is not sustainable, and the world and surroundings corrupt us. That’s the bottom line. And for Christians, it’s a fact that we are in a spiritual warfare. The prince of darkness continues to devour anyone like a roaring lion. (1 Peter 5:8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour). So any effort to change a campus, change the society, a country is in vain without the supernatural message of the gospel where Jesus died on the cross and paid the price for us. He lived the perfect life we should, but could never have in a billion years. We are totally in need of the redemption of Christ who was offered up as an atonement and sacrifice for us all sinners.
Putting this into action, we must therefore put a major emphasis on college campus ministry, by being very intentional and encouraging our young people to get PhDs and enter the academia and begin to teach the cream of our young generation who will be the leaders of tomorrow. We have a catch up time to do.