Written by Josiah Bondy
There’s a trend in the rhetoric used to describe career development today — it’s the word hustle. To hustle: to get things done, to go big places, to work hard, to achieve success.
A new wave of college students is working to accomplish their goals in the industry world, emphasizing hard work and connections as a means of being successful. Those who put the most into it get the most out of it. While hard work is valuable, there needs to be an emphasis on the hard work’s purpose. As Christians, we need to define the goal in light of God’s will on earth and with the reverence to serve Him wholeheartedly.
When we develop our careers with God’s Kingdom and His calling in mind, we see the need to infuse our skill sets with our faith. Christian education helps formulate a worldview that propels Christ in every action we take while promoting academic excellence in a value-centered environment.
1. Christian colleges center on eternal truth derived directly from God’s Word.
All truth is God’s truth. When you begin to apply this thought to a liberal arts education, the wonders of mathematics, science, and general academia become ways of revealing God’s complex and beautiful plan for creation.
Through this revelation, students can begin to formulate answers to the skepticism of the modern age.
The Pew Research Center conducted a study in 2016 that found 18% of students raised within Christianity or another faith now identify as agnostic, with no religious affiliation. When asked why, many students indicated “science” as the reason they do not believe in religious teachings. Students noted “learning about evolution when I went away to college” and a “lack of any sort of scientific or specific evidence of a creator” pushed them to be religiously unaffiliated.
However, there is shrinking evidence for a satisfactory materialistic explanation for life, supporting the possibility of intelligent design. A renowned Yale computer science professor, David Gelernter, published an essay titled “Giving Up Darwin,” outlining why he no longer believes in Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.
Even organizations like Evolution News & Science Today acknowledge how outdated Darwin’s models are and see the validity of Stephen Meyer’s claims in his book, Darwin’s Doubts: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design. Nevertheless, many secular institutions forego acknowledging the uncertainty of the current scientific data, choosing to omit a thorough investigation into the possibility of intelligent design among its more traditional secular education on evolution and life’s origin, with Darwin’s theory of evolution still being the most widely taught.
Your worldview is directly affected by what you choose to learn, study, and absorb. Christian colleges present academics with a faith-based worldview, equipping you with skills and biblical principles needed to thrive in future professions.
2. Christian colleges encourage a deeper understanding of life and academics.
A life with Jesus is a life that is called to go deeper. No matter what a student at a Christian College chooses to study, the most valuable education any student can receive is from the Word of God. Christian colleges understand this, so they often require biblical and theological courses as part of general education. Here at Crown, we equip you with an education that pushes you to grow down into your relationship with God.
Biblical and theological courses provide tools that help students understand intrinsic biblical principles. The necessity for more relevant Christian critical thinkers is as high as ever. With subjects from evolution to global ethics and LGBTQ+ issues, students need to be capable of responsibly engaging with culture while giving well-thought-out reasons for their beliefs.
And the biblical teaching does not stop in biblical and theological courses. Most Christian colleges require staff and faculty to agree with a statement of faith before accepting employment. Each class taught, conversation had, and interaction with a professor is with an individual serving as a mentor who infuses the principles of Christianity into every activity. Christian colleges often hold chapel services, small group Bible studies, corporate prayer activities, and other resources to help you grow in your faith.
Communities thrive at Christian institutions, cultivating a culture where friends affirm faith, spend time in prayer, and grapple with tough issues together from a biblical perspective. College is a time to set a firm foundation in Christ through deep nurturing and development of your faith.
3. Christian colleges value high-quality education and affordability.
Small classes are the norm in many Christian colleges — something you won’t see at many larger institutions. Not only do faculty dedicate themselves to integrity and sound teaching, but they can teach from a holistic perspective, caring for your individual needs. Because of this, students often have the flexibility to personalize course schedules to accomplish specific academic goals.
As student debt has risen substantially in the last decade, it is more apparent than ever to make a wise financial decision when considering colleges. Though private institutions’ sticker prices tend to be higher, many Christian colleges can provide substantial financial aid to students, making Christian education affordable.
According to an analysis conducted by Econsult Solutions Inc., the loan default rate for graduates from institutions within the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) is 6.3%, nearly half the national average of 11.5%. (Crown College is a member of the CCCU.) You can find information about Financial Aid on each institution’s website.
Everybody wants to be successful. The differences come in one’s definition of success. Quality Christian colleges help you to define success in alignment with God’s will for your life. Find a place that will foster Christian faith in academics, creating opportunities to develop you as a Christ-centered thinker. Be academically prepared to live out your call to be a witness of the Gospel. Go deeper.