Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Reclaiming South Africa for Christ


Next year, nearly 50 000 South African students will leave for university or college for the very first time. Their education will cost about R52,000 (including residence fees) per year at a major university. Scholarships and grants reduce the cost for some families, but still, the average student leaves university with R150,000 in debt.

At least parents are getting their money’s worth.

Or not.

A recent study confirms what many parents have long suspected: going to university can make young people forget what’s important and embrace values that are counter to what they learned growing up.

Before we share this study’s results, let me say this to parents: liberal professors don’t feel sorry for you. As far as they’re concerned, you’ve been oppressing the masses to get that money anyway, so it’s deliciously ironic that you not only turn your children over to the indoctrinators, but that you fork out hundreds of thousands of rand for the privilege of doing so.

Don’t take our word for it. Here’s what the late Richard Rorty, one of the most prominent post-modern philosophers of the 20th century, said on the subject:

I, like most Americans who teach humanities or social science in colleges and universities … try to arrange things so that students who enter as bigoted, homophobic, religious fundamentalists will leave college with views more like our own…The fundamentalist parents of our fundamentalist students think that the entire ‘American liberal establishment’ is engaged in a conspiracy. The parents have a point…We are going to go right on trying to discredit you in the eyes of your children, trying to strip your fundamentalist religious community of dignity, trying to make your views seem silly rather than discussable. We are not so inclusivist as to tolerate intolerance such as yours…I think those students are lucky to find themselves under the benevolent Herrschaft [domination] of people like me, and to have escaped the grip of their frightening, vicious, dangerous parents…[3]

When it comes to reshaping values, liberal universities know precisely what they’re doing. And the reality is that about four out of five students in the USA walk away from their Christian faith by the time they are in their twenties.[4]

The Indoctrination Plan: What Your Child Will and Will Not Learn

What Your Child Won’t Learn at College: A Sense of Citizenship. In February 2010, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute released its annual report entitled, “The Shaping of the American Mind.” ISI researchers studied students’ knowledge of basic citizenship questions, along with 39 issue-based propositions and found that college graduates are dangerously ignorant of basic civics.

For example, fewer than one in two college graduates know that the phrase “We hold these truths to be self-evident…” is from the Declaration of Independence (10% actually think it is from the Communist Manifesto).[5]

What Your Child Will Learn at College: Liberal Radicalism. According to ISI, college graduates are significantly MORE likely to believe in abortion on demand and same-sex pseudo-marriage, and significantly LESS likely to believe that the Bible is the Word of God, that prayer should be allowed in schools, and that anyone can succeed with hard work and perseverance.[6]

The Transformation Plan: Being Confidently Prepared Rather than Caught Off Guard
Obviously not all colleges are destructive. There are even a handful of good private ones. (Professors at American universities also tend to be more liberal than at South African universities).

But most Christian parents feel hamstrung. They are concerned for their kids but also realise that, with few exceptions, young people have little chance of getting a good job without a university degree. They want their children to prepare for positively influencing society, but to not have their faith shredded in the process.

There is a solution and it is available now. Please, if you have a university-bound student, listen carefully. This is important even if your child is going to a “safe” college (some so-called “Christian” colleges and seminaries are actually better at convincing children to walk away from their Faith than some secular colleges).

A one-week Biblical Worldview Summit is a must. Find out more here.

At the Biblical Worldview Summit, participants gain the confidence they need to understand and defend an intelligent Biblical Worldview. They join a network of mentors whose books, writings and personal encouragement sharpen them for life-long leadership. Shoulder to shoulder, they and their new-found friends stand strong together.

The 6 day experience for your son or daughter is R1 200 for the accommodation, food, lectures, manuals and activities. When you consider that the Summit protects against a destructive influence on campus, it’s a small price to pay. Considering the value of your child’s soul, it’s priceless.

Now Is Not the Time for Shortcuts
There is much at stake. Having your child read an apologetics book or go to a weekend conference is great, but it’s not the same as a one-week Summit experience, and here’s why:
  1. Summit Helps Students “Own” What They Learn. Over the course of 6 days, students are able to form questions and interact with Christian lecturers, mentors, and classmates. As they become comfortable, they open up in small groups, around the meal tables, and in open discussions with speakers.
  2. Summit Prepares Students to Think through Issues as Adults. Summit asks students to forsake adolescence and step up into mature adulthood. Over the course of 6 days students come to believe that it can actually be done.
  3. Summit Breaks the Stranglehold of Negative Peer Pressure. Young adults seldom attempt to rise above what their peers think they can be. Summit students learn how to reverse this pressure and support one another in successfully thinking and living Biblically.
  4. Summit Helps Students Form Relationships with Expert Mentors. At Summit, students spend 6 days with experts who have the depth of experience needed to delve deeply into the complex challenges those students face. These experts are specially selected based on their ability to communicate effectively with students.
  5. Summit Affirms and Supports Parents’ Roles and Christian Values. Kids are always asking, “Who else says so besides Mom and Dad?” At Summit, students are encouraged to honour their parents and be reconciled to them. This helps parents strengthen their relationship before their sons and daughters leave for university, which is crucial.
Where Christian Leaders Send Their Own Children for Training
Summit is not a miracle cure. But for 50 years in America and for 21 years in South Africa, it’s been a trusted source for preparing students to be the kind of leaders who shape culture, rather than who are shaped by it. That’s why Evangelical leaders such as Dr James Dobson, Dr James Kennedy, Charles Colson and Josh McDowell endorse it so enthusiastically — and why they sent their children to Summit USA before college. There simply is no substitute for the excellent training and mentoring participants will get at the Biblical Worldview Summit (30 March - 5 April 2012).

Please forward this to any parent (or student) who may benefit from knowing about it.

Day visitors are welcome (at no cost, but no meals can be provided). Click here for the programme and here for more information.

If you are able to help sponsor a participant or would like more information, please contact:

Taryn Hodgson
Africa Christian Action
PO Box 23632
Claremont 7735
Cape Town
South Africa
Tel: 021-689 4481

  1. Annie Marie Chaker, Wall Street Journal online, “Students Borrow More Than Ever for College: Heavy Debt Loads Mean Many Young People Can’t Live Life They Expected,” accessed 03/23/2010.
  2. Ibid.
  3. Richard Rorty, “Universality and Truth,” in Robert B. Brandom (ed.), Rorty and His Critics (Oxford: Blackwell, 2000), pp. 21–22.
  4. George Barna, “Twentysomethings Struggle to Find Their Place in Christian Churches”; Ken Ham and Britt Beemer, Already Gone: Why Your Kids Will Quit Church and What You Can Do to Stop It (Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2009), p. 24.
  5. See the Intercollegiate Studies Institutes’ report, “The Shaping of the American Mind: The Diverging Influence of the College Degree and Civic Learning on American Beliefs,” accessed on 03/15/2010.
  6. Ibid.

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