Should the Chapman University Undie Run Video Worry Christian Parents?
By Sylvia Cochran
If you are a Christian parent who drives an old car with squeaky tires because you put your children into a private Christian elementary or high school, my hat is off to you. With the many problems noted in the public education system and the worldly atmosphere that does not sit well in the homes of many devout Christians the private Christian education does seem like the right answer.
It therefore only makes sense that you would send your smart private school graduates to continue their education at a college or university that continues where 12th grade left off. But are you making a financial sacrifice in vain?
CBS Los Angeles reports on Chapman University students who have made a video called Get Lucky. Featuring co-ed students in their underwear, the cavorting young men and women run through the streets. Finally, a couple ends up in a bedroom. Although not a Christian college, Chapman does want you to know that it is a church-related school that draws from the Disciples of Christ and the United Church of Christ to have a proud religious heritage.
It is clear that there are some ties to religious faith. Yet how tenuous these ties are only becomes obvious when hearing the students talk about the video that has since gone viral. One compared it to the promiscuity running rampant in modern society but then went on record claiming that that the video is not that bad by comparison. Another freely admitted that folks nowadays have just lower standards.
Here are a few signs that cherry-picking your child’s college with an eye on faith is not necessarily going to have good results:
- You have allowed the world to creep into your home. In fact, the world is so at home in your house that it commandeers an easy chair in the living room. If you compromise on the little things and then the bigger things do not be surprised to find your kid stripping down to her undies and starring in a video.
- You make excuses. Do you have a hard time taking personal responsibility? Do you blame your ex-spouse for the divorce, the credit card company for your debt and the government for your inability to find work? When your children see this, it is only natural that they would compare themselves favorable to others who do worse.
- You equate spirituality with Christian religious values. Chapman is very clear in parsing the difference between a spiritual and religious world view. Do not assume that a school, which acknowledges ties to Christian churches, actually conforms to their religious world view. Moreover, do not assume that your brand of Christianity is widely accepted as being the type favored in the religious schools you choose.
Of course, on the other side of the continuum is the list of bona fide party schools. Time has released its latest list and plenty of renowned schools are on it. Then there is the counterpart, which is known as the list of stone-cold sober colleges and universities.
What is a concerned Christian parent to do? I suggest beginning by opening up a dialog with your soon-to-be college-bound youngster. Find out where she wants to go and why. Talk to other parents whose kids go to these schools. Evaluate the schools based on their academic reputation as well as the word on the street based on the party school index. If you are a considering a college or university with ties to religious organizations, make sure that their values are in keeping with your own.
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