Love your blog! Can you provide some advice? I will be attending college at a state school, while my friend who led me to Christ will be attending a Christian college. I love getting to know God personally! We were talking about drinking/temptations in college and my friend asked me, "Why wouldn't you just forget about it for four years, have fun, and then come back to Christ." I love what she has done to my life, but can't seem to explain why I wouldn't want to do that. How do I explain this? from wherelaughterlives
To answer your question, I advise that you start off by telling your friend what you mentioned to me. You know God personally, which is awesome and what every Christian strives for in life. Consider a relationship with a person. Sure, you can let it fade away with time; however, the friendship will get better and stronger when effort is put into it (even when situations and circumstances are hard). It’s the same with God. You have a relationship with Christ, so why let it falter and die for a few years when it’s so much more rewarding to let it grow? College presents certain temptations (even at Christian colleges- don’t be fooled), but these situations are only small stepping stones in your walk with Jesus.
On top of this fact, one can mention various benefits to building a relationship with Christ when in college. This time of life is about discovery, examining your beliefs, and developing a faith that one truly owns. From personal experience, I have grown spiritually and intellectually in various ways throughout my college years. I’ve experienced doubt, anxiety, profound joy, temptation to accept apathy, wrestling with my beliefs, and coming to terms with my relationship to my church and the Church. I still have a year left and I know that I will undoubtedly grow in more ways. Many believers grow in college and each Christian has unique experiences. I encourage you to find believers at your church who grew in faith during their college years.
Overall, I would say that sharing your experience with Christ and explaining the benefits of growing in Christ when at college are probably the best way to discuss this matter with your friend. Finally, I have a side note. While there are benefits to attending a Christian college due to academic opportunities to discuss faith, a person can grow in Christian wherever he/she happens to seek higher education. For example, many Christian ministries operate on the campuses of major universities throughout the U.S. and in some other countries. I suggest that you search for such ministries when you start college. By connecting with fellow Christians on campus, you can develop a community that supports your spiritual growth.