As an Adventist Christian who eagerly waits for the Second Coming of our Lord Jesus, everything that comprises our life will be directed to the preparation of the Second Coming of Jesus.We need to be ready always because we do not know when will Christ come.So while I live now as a student, preparation is my constant watchword.Yet to live a Bible-based and Christ-centered life is not that easy.As an Adventist student, you must spend a lot of time to devote yourself communing to the Lord.Jesus in His life on earth shows us how to live a life full of His Spirit and power by spending much in prayer .We ought also as followers of Christ to follow His steps that our devotional life will be strong.It is the breakfast of our spiritual life.Because we know that the enemy is like a roaring lion seeking to whom he may devour 24/7.If our devotional life is so weak, I am very sure that if you go to school unprepared ,you will be swayed with current of the world.So if you are not revived by His word,it is better not to go to school for I am certain that when you go there, you will join the crowd of worldliness. And instead of representing Christ to your classmates, you are leading them to wrong directions.Secular campus makes you secular.You are constantly beholding evil in the campus.You will hear unholy conversations, jestings,joking,foolishness,vanities from professing Christians who are in the form of godliness but denying the power thereof.If you will not dare to resist, you will be like them in words,in deeds and actions.We should firmly stand as a salt and light to them.We should be radically committed to the Gospel that no matter what happens, evangelism is the goal,the very heart of every Christian students.Grades and degrees are second priorities because I am persuaded by the Lord Jesus Christ that if you seek His kingdom first , all of these things, that includes your profession, will be added into you.For we do not sow that is temporal, but we look that is eternal.And no worldly interest could hinder us to move forward in reaching the things that is eternal. What profit will you have when you gain all things under the sun knowing that they will be burn soon after?
But one of my dismay is that instead to prepare myself for His coming, my mind is settling to things that is temporal and unprofitable.As what the Spirit says,If you then be risen with Christ,seek those thing which are above where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.Set affections on things above not on things on the earth for ye are dead and your life is hid with Christ in God.I do not say that taking earthly education is evil but the system in which it runs our lives deviates us to the principle in which a Christian should live. Institution should not maximize learning ,instead character building and manual labor should be well balanced and valued.Bible should be without a rival.Christ must be the center in all Sciences.True education is more than the perusal of a certain course of study.It is more than the preparation for the life that now is.It has to do with the whole being,with the whole period of existence possible to man.It is the harmonious development of the mind,body,and spirit.It prepares the student for the joy of service in this world and for a higher joy for wider service in the world to come.
I am not against academics. I love learning.Because true Science is but a translation of the handwriting of God in a material world.Nature is one of our resources in which we could understand God.What my soul hates is that the perversion in which the world had putted on education.Satan perverted this great blessing of learning.Instead of fixing our minds to our Creator, we fix our minds on created things. And instead to appreciate the works of Him, we become futile in our understanding that we make nature as gods.Apart from God, Science is nothing but a sounding brass or tinkling cymbal.So everytime that I read my organic chemistry book and other subjects,I always relate it to spiritual things, and weigh how important it is as a blessing to mankind.
Yet in the midst of erroneous educational system, God still sent forth His people to this institution.He send them to learn an active life of labor in which they could learn how to stand for Him that the world may know the God whom they are serving.So one of the challenge of every Christian student who are studying in a secular campus, God should be the first and last in life.Truth should be characterized into the entire life.Truth should be wrought into the very being.Because there is a work that will be done in our campus and must be done only by those who are led and taught of God.
And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.Ecclesiastes 12:12-13
Higher than the highest human thought can reach is God’s ideal for His children. Godliness–godlikeness–is the goal to be reached. Before the student there is opened a path of continual progress. He has an object to achieve, a standard to attain, that includes everything good, and pure, and noble. He will advance as fast and as far as possible in every branch of true knowledge. But his efforts will be directed to objects as much higher than mere selfish and temporal interests as the heavens are higher than the earth.’ –Education, Pages 18, 19.