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Dropping Out Where It Counts


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): Medium (Personal)

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2019/02/11

According to WSMV News 4, there is a trend of students who go to college and then not dropping out of college — except, maybe the young men these days — and, in fact, the churches.

Thus, this becomes Christian, mainly, phenomenon. Now, in general and internationally, if an individual, including oneself, is born into a particular faith, then this individual will not leave the faith, more than probable.

This same analysis can, probably, apply, to some extent, to those born in secular or non-religious communities. In terms of the reportage, Lifeway’s Scott McConnell, in a study, found 2 out of 3 students who begin going to college will then stop attending church.

Of course, there will be a continual gradient with the reduction in those who simply attend less, and for a variety of different reasons, including that school or college, especially, is a huge drain on time for the students involved in these endeavours.

But we can find the ways in which the reasons were incorporated into the research with 55 reasons, and then the top 5 were included. McConnell looks for solutions for the church dropout. Not a bad thing in many contexts, especially when no other easy social situation exists for the student.

But in other cases, the kids, as with much of history, are simply forced into it; how is this a fair situation for the faithful? Is faith coerced or chosen, or reasoned and selected? Apparently, McConnell misses the mark here.

But the survey is interesting, nonetheless. McConnell states, “Work responsibilities and moving away are two of the top five reasons people don’t stay involved in a church… We need to have our priorities straight As church attendees that showing the love of Christ has got to be more important than our opinion on what you’re wearing as a young person or who you’re hanging out with.”

McConnell on an important and nuanced point of social responsibility pines that adults need to look into how they can invest in young people within the church; of course, this should be extended in general. In general, without an extensive linkage across generations, cultures die.

“When they get the message that politics is more important than the church’s message of redemption that’s when they say I can find better answers to life’s problems somewhere else,” McConnell explained.

In some sense, this is true. But this asserts the veracity in rising from the dead Original Sin, and the like. One could, not in some imaginary world but, in a realistic world seen today enact a progressive stance for acting on conscience for others and oneself, regardless of the likelihood of a youth entering church or not.


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