How it Feels to Exist as a Conservative at a Christian College

Juicy Ecumenism | 9/19/2017 | Morgan Nelson
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The liberal heart of California is a tough place to undergo your first year of college, especially for this small-town Texan. Even attending a Christian college doesn’t shield young Christians from the pressure to conform my beliefs and values to secular expectations. But thankfully, love conquers all. God’s divine love for us, that is.

It’s funny to think a public high school experience cannot prepare you for the social pressures within some private Christian colleges. To be clear, it’s not my university or faculty, but many of my fellow Christian students that are increasingly accommodating secular culture.

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Over the past year at Pepperdine University, it became apparent to me just how many young Christians are so terrified of offending someone or having the “wrong” opinion. So terrified of offending that they resort to completely avoiding, perhaps even rejecting, some of the most obvious and fundamental beliefs written in the Scriptures.

While on campus, I was surrounded by peers who undoubtedly love God and desired to serve Him. But there is a line many young Christians don’t dare cross. It’s the line that refuses to celebrate society’s evolving morality. I understand this because I was one of those people who didn’t want to even look at the line, much less cross it. I gushed about God’s love with my peers and held my tongue whenever anything controversial was brought up. And by controversial, I mean namely issues like human sexuality and gender.

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I get it. I truly do. Being a rather conservative or orthodox student in college, even at a Christian one, is not what I would call comfortable.

At college, I subconsciously seemed to convince myself that some of the people I was surrounded by had the right idea. If you focused all your energy on the love of God and the love you can...
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