You see, a young man who grew up in my home (a friend of my children who moved in when his parents divorced as a way to heal from the trauma) attended one of our universities to study to become a youth minister. Finances were tight. His family had been hit pretty hard by the divorce. His biological dad had abandoned the family. And so he had to take out school loans to pay for his studies.
The college gave him a $1,000 per year scholarship to help with the $15,000 or so annual price tag of his education.
A year or two into his schooling, the school assigned him a roommate called Smurf. Smurf showed up as an imposing physical specimen — a huge man recruited to play tight end on the school’s football team. Smurf had his tuition, fees, room, and board all paid for.
Smurf transferred at the end of football season, staying for just the one semester. You see, Smurf had no interest in playing for a school where he couldn’t spend the night with his girlfriend in his dorm room. And Smurf was angry at the school because no one had told him it was a Christian school where he’d have to attend Bible classes everyday.
Meanwhile, his roommate was paying for the privilege of taking Bible classes. And the school’s priorities made him very angry. And I think he was right.
Now he’s trying to make it on a youth minister’s salary while paying back school debt. Meanwhile, Smurf has transferred to another school where he can attend for free and live with his girlfriend as he pleases.
Now, I’ll admit to certain lack of objectivity, but I just can’t reconcile a mindset that gives away the Lord’s resources to people who disdain the things of the Lord while unnecessarily imposing financial burdens on those who want to dedicate their lives to him.
And so, like I said in the last post, things are getting better, for which I’m very thankful, but we aren’t there yet.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not against athletes or athletics. I’m just much, much more for training ministers and missionaries. If it were possible to give everyone a free education, I’d be all for it. But as we have to make choices, I just think our choices should proceed from God’s mission, not the ways of the world.