“Do not be misled: ‘Bad company corrupts good character.'” (1 Corinthians 15:33)
So you are in college, and after the excitement has fallen away and the nerves settled, you may be asking yourself what’s next. What do you need to look out for as a believer of Christ? How do you talk to people and make friends? What are some pitfalls that every Christian needs to avoid in college? You may be asking yourself some of these questions and many others. I know I was. As soon as I stepped on my campus, I was in uncharted territory. The importance of having Christian support during college life helps you stay firm in your walk with God and in His Word.
I knew things would be different than high school, but there truly is nothing that can fully prepare you for college. Whether it is the people you will have the pleasure or displeasure of knowing or the loneliness you will feel being away from friends and family for the first time, it can be challenging for even the most outgoing of us.
Before we get too far into this discussion, I want to mention that there are steps you can take to help make your time in college a pleasant and fruitful experience socially, educationally, and even spiritually. Here is the most important one I took my very first semester. Join a Christian Organization group (preferably one that is part of a nearby church).
I know, I know. It sounds like a simple step. But it can be much more complicated than you think to find a group that you can join and grow with as you begin your college career. Whether it conflicts with your class schedule or you don’t like the people there, it can be easy to give up on finding a group to call home. But trust me when I say it is imperative to find a solid Christian group to join. If Bible-believing Christians don’t surround you during your time in college, you will falter. There are plenty of people who will try and push you to do and say things that you would never think to do in a typical environment. People feel threatened when they have someone against their sinful habits because it points out that what they are doing is sinful. So to combat that feeling, they will try and pull you into the mud with them. If you don’t have the proper support system in place, the likely hood of you falling is much higher.
That is why it is so vital to have a solid Christian support system during college life. Because as Paul talks about it in 1 Corinthians, “Do not be misled: ‘Bad company corrupts good character.'” (1 Corinthians 15:33) It would be best if you had people in your life that would point out when you have crossed the line in the sand. Without those people, you will look back one day and realize you are miles from the line and never even knew you stepped over it. Also, being in God’s Word daily can help you keep the line in the sand. It is easy to say you are too busy running around with class and studying but make the time. Whether listening to your devotion on your commute or waking up 15 minutes earlier for your class, take the time to dive into God’s Word to have a solid foundation.
But simply joining a Christian group on campus isn’t enough. You will need to do life with these people to form the bonds to keep you both focused. such as having lunch with them, doing a devotion, having a movie night at your dorm; all these things breed friendships that will last past college. Now, I can’t say that all the friendships you will make in the group will be there in the end. I have had two friends who I thought would be with me until the end, but one friend put me in dangerous positions with their addictions or life choices. You can’t know how that person will turn out in the future; all you can do is stand firm in God’s Word and let that be the lens through which you view your choices in life.