1.) A four year Mission Trip
Jesus commanded his disciples at the end of his life to go out and make disciples of all nations, making his name known throughout the world. College students at secular universities have a unique opportunity to use their time to spread the gospel in an atmosphere that may not have a welcoming environment towards Christians. Remember the disciples did not alienate themselves from the world, but went out into it preaching the name of Jesus.
2.) Challenges to the faith
Okay so this point may seem a little odd, but I think healthy. Whether professors or other students, a secular university will always provide challenges to the faith. If handled correctly these challenges will produce a healthy faith that can withstand tribulation.
Getting to know other people of different faiths and beliefs helps Christians grow significantly in their ability to share the gospel and build relationships. Jesus did not call us to isolate ourselves in a comfort zone of other believers, but rather to go out into the world and spread the faith. Just before his crucifixion Jesus spoke a prayer for his disciples and future disciples to come, John quotes him as saying,
I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.
(John 17:14-19 ESV)
This doesn’t sound like a command from Jesus to isolate ourselves from the rest of the world. As Christians we should spread the Gospel to the ends of the earth, going to a secular University provides a great way to do just that.
This is not a spiritual point, but, I go to a school that has an abundance of opportunities. For example, last week the president of the United States came to speak! A lot of times secular Universities have great opportunities for their students. Not only does UNC bring in great speakers and host awesome events, but we also are in contention to win the NCAAB National Championship every year!
5.) Owning your faith
Finally, and most importantly, if you go to a secular University you are forced to own your faith. No one tells you to go to church! You are your on person, and you have to step up and make decisions that will glorify the Lord.
In conclusion, I’m not writing this post to trash Christian Universities, on the contrary, a post could be written to show the benefits of going to a Christian University. However, I’m just writing what I know, and the majority of the things that I have listed above have directly affected me this year.