This is one of those articles that is sure to offend a few people and to be frank I am totally cool with that. In order to make an impact in our culture Christians need to relevant! Off the bat I want you to know I am not opposed to Ministry Schools, Internships or Christian colleges. But I want to explore what opportunities are being missed.
There comes a day when you need to decide what to do with your life and it’s a tough decision! That’s why I settled with Advertising; I didn’t want to bother going past “A” in the course listings and make my choice difficult. In all honesty it was a tough choice.
Like most good Christians I knew that I was called to ministry and I wanted to pursue my calling. So I explored some Bible Colleges, SOC at CTF, and a really cool Music School in Tennessee. It felt right. I wanted to use my life to serve God and so I figured why waste my time getting a secular degree when my real purpose in life was to serve Jesus.
I was ready to give my life to serving Him 100% in fact I was going to give 102% just to make sure it was my all. Why should I give 3-4 years working towards a job that I don’t even want! This is the precise moment that too may Christians miss the mark on “serving Jesus” and following their call.
For some reason there is a flawed view that the best way to follow your calling is to enroll in “Jesus education”. I mean it makes sense, why not go dedicate your life to learning more about God, when He is the one calling you. This seems to be the obvious choice and many choose the “Jesus education” route. I don’t take issue with this choice. What I take issue with is what you do after your “Jesus education”.
This is where the big issue lies! We live in a world that requires education; it demands it. For many, a one year internship or ministry school is a great way to solidify your beliefs and secure your foundation long term. However it’s near impossible to secure a quality job without college education. Now I know you want to serve Jesus so you don’t need education; you’re going to be in ministry. Where on earth did this belief come from? How are we going to impact Culture if we can’t get jobs! You can not change culture if your culturally irrelevant.
I hear these types of statements all the time: “Media is so corrupt“,”The legal system is full of slimy characters”, “Is there an honest politician on earth?” Do you want to know how to change this? Drum roll…. get Christians educated in our working culture and change the way things are done.
Like I said, I have no issue with giving up time to learning more about God. However time spend at “Jesus education” does not emulate real life; real life exists outside your Church walls. Once you leave the safe setting of “Jesus education” you have to enter real life. A call to minister is not exclusively a call to being a pastor or working for the church. At least 95% of us should be out in the world, working to be politicians, graphic designers, executives and Cultural influencers. Let’s get this generation excited about getting an MBA instead of being satisfied with part-time work at Walmart and full-time church going.
Education should be part of your life in order to pursue the call God has given you. Your desires are God given and He wants you to pursue them. Education is a great resource to reaching your dreams. It’s your ticket into culture, the key to opening doors and the foundation our Culture is built on.
Christians have the most impact when they leave church! We can not change the world until we are part of the world, invested in the culture around us. When we just focus on our “Jesus education” we end up with too many uneducated Jesus lovers who can only impact their fellow church goers. Like I said previously we really only need about 5% of Christians dedicated to helping the church and other Christians. Lets get the greater masses infiltrated into society and see how our culture is impacted when we have educated, motivated and influential Christians at the helm of major corporations and as our political leaders.
It really is time for Christians to stop being satisfied with mediocrity and focus on being exceptional. Love Jesus, love learning and change culture!Advertisement