TrueWrite wrote:I guess the reason I'm "limiting" myself to Christian colleges is because while I'm still maturing in faith and skills, I want to make sure my foundation is biblical and solid. I'm not saying I want to completely be sheltered from the secular world, since that is inevitable, but rather be ready from a scriptural standpoint to defend what I believe and why. Does that make any sense? Again, I will definitely consider what you said.
Oh, yes, it certainly does make sense. And my response applies only when you are attending classes at the university of your choice, living on campus, or living in an apartment in that city. I believe there is great wisdom in your even asking the question, and only you can ultimately decide what is best for you. I also see wisdom in your ability to read into what I was saying without my even saying it. Your statement regarding being "sheltered" at a Christian college/university was very insightful, and that is indeed what I was getting at. We are refined by the fire.
Now, it would be a disaster to attend a secular university without becoming deeply involved with a fellowship of believers. We all walk around with spiritual buckets, and our buckets have holes in them, which means we are constantly leaking water. Some water evaporates. Some water is stolen by those in the world. We need that fellowship of like-minded disciples to encourage us and lift us, to refill our buckets.
As you research this and narrow down your choices, be sure to make visits to each campus on your shortlist, and when you do so, look very carefully at the groups of believers there. Attend their studies and activities. Listen closely to the conversations. What are they talking about? What's their focus? Does it align with your own? How deeply are they diving into the waters of their faith? There is a world of difference between a group of students who (by default) discuss passages of scripture, or who read Bonhoeffer/Barth, etc. and a group who is discussing the latest blue-jeans fashion trend.
You will be fine, regardless of what you choose. I know this because you're asking the right questions.