Modern Deceit Factories
In this world, children from traditional, Christian homes are being told different things by the influences that surround them. Their parents raise them to know the scriptures, to embrace their faith, and to live a life that is honoring to God. They also take their children to church and discipline them as necessary; which is certainly a great base for forming a young Christian soul. There is little more parents can do besides trusting in God.
The horrifying problem that arises is the deafening and inescapable influence of society. When these traditionalist children go to college, their brains are beginning their final stages of development. Many of these kids are, for the first time, in a place that is free from parental observance and protection. In an attempt to feel safe again, these kids begin to adapt to their surroundings and seek acceptance from the people around them to recreate a feeling of connectedness they felt in their family. More often than not, this involves embracing certain ideologies and/or becoming a “champion” of them. Since most higher educational institutions are getting progressively modern, they are supporting the agendas of politically correct politics with greater and greater enthusiasm. Even in so-called Christian colleges, the name of Christ is getting increasingly replaced with modernist words—social justice, equality, tolerance, and open-mindedness.
What Christian parents need to understand is that colleges, regardless of Christian roots, are still just businesses. They may be there to teach skills and professions, but they know that they must adapt with the times to stay in business. It is a survival instinct that no college is impervious to. I will admit, there are a few schools that have maintained certain standards over the past few decades, but as the times change and society condemns their ideas, they may be forced to either change or die off. Unfortunately, this means that the truth and fact may be sacrificed for the sake of trendiness and a grab at popularity in these institutions. This includes schools of divinity, by the way, which are in the exact same boat as colleges. With modernist influence infecting the church, there are plenty of radically anti-traditionalist professors invading the classrooms with their equally modernist ideas. Aspiring priests and pastors must be on their guard against the lies and heresies that they will surely encounter in their seminary educations.
So what is the solution? Well, there are several. For one, there are many skilled trades that one can set their child up to learn. These jobs are often in high demand, and free from the over-arching influence of a politically correct super corporation. They allow for the young men (and women) to live their faith without fear and provide enough money to support their own families.
Another solution is to live a monastic life—a life of seclusion, prayer, and service to God and the Church. It is obviously not for everyone, but there are some who are called to live in such a way, and God gives them the grace to do it (as He always does). If your child is called to a monastic life, then no college experience in itself will improve their relationship with God. Prayer, fasting, chastity, and charity will be the teaching tools and the fruits of the spirit will be the outcome. No amount of money or status in the world will fulfill your child in the way a blessed life will. Be open to the fact that your child may be called to this life, and do not discourage it.
A final solution is to actually allow your kids to go to college, but do not let them live it on their own. Make frequent calls, trips, and send them letters. Show them that you are still present, loving and guiding them. Show that they do not need a “new family,” of modernist children in order to be accepted or loved. Help them remember the stability and blessedness of tradition in a Christian life. Pray for them every day many times a day, because no matter what institution they are attending, they will be faced with terrible deceit and unspeakable degeneracy—yes, even at the "Christian" schools. Remind them constantly that they are meant for something far greater than what the world or school or the flesh can offer. It is a terribly dangerous territory they will enter if they go to college, but God’s truth is stronger than the lies they will hear, and that is something you will have to hold on to.
“To fall in love with God is the greatest romance, to seek Him the greatest adventure; to find Him, the greatest human achievement.” ~St. Augustine
“We have placed too much hope in political and social reforms, only to find out that we were being deprived of our most precious possession: our spiritual life.” ~Alexander Solzhenitsyn
“A fish that is alive swims against the flow of water. One that is dead floats down with the water. A true Christian goes against the current of sinful age. A false one is swept away by its swiftness.” ~St. Philaret of Moscow
“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” ~James 1:5
“Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.” ~Proverbs 19:20