Alcohol, College, and God

24 01 2013

By Andrea

Sayings like this can be seen pretty frequently in the bar scene amongst the (usually obnoxious) signs hung on the walls that basically persuade the customer to have another. You know what I mean- the little wooden ones with expressions that only a drunkard would find hilarious.

Like these ones for example.

Okay, so they’re a little humorous, but what caught my eye about the image above, which is actually a poster, is that: 1) It’s telling me that God wants me to drink. And 2) It’s a quote by one of our founding fathers, so it must be true, right? Sounds like a pretty good excuse to go get some beer and get smashed because let’s face it…I love beer!

Anyway, as much as I enjoy going out with friends and getting a little crazy, I’m not entirely sold on the idea that God wants us to do that. In fact, I’m sure he doesn’t want us to get to a state where we’re not thinking clearly, making bad decisions, and doing harm to our bodies, no matter how happy it may make us at the time. The Bible makes that pretty clear in many verses, such as:

Isaiah 5:22 – Woe to “champion” drinkers and “experts” at mixing drinks.

Proverbs 23:29-30 – Drinking causes woe, sorrow, fighting, babbling, wounds without cause and red eyes.

It’s fairly common among college students to become “experts” in the world of alcohol, and being named a “champion” at a drinking game or competition is seen as something to be proud of in our population. I don’t feel that I need to explain the second verse because I think we’ve all either been that person or been around a babbling, drunk friend before. Alcohol is one of the reasons that I find it hard to be a college student and still try to live a Christian lifestyle. It seems like being a Christian and getting a “full college experience” conflict quite a bit when drinking comes into the equation.

I’m guessing this is a controversial topic, so I’m really interested in hearing others’ opinions on Christian college students and alcohol. Please feel free to comment!


Discovering My Faith…Well, Sort of

22 01 2013

by Andrea

When I began my freshman year at Luther College, I was sort of nervous that I would meet a lot of outwardly Christian, avid church-going “Bible bangers,” as some like to call them. In reality, I’ve only had a few encounters with that type (thank God!), and I found that I really don’t fit in with that crowd.

Although Luther is a private Christian college, it still attracts many students who practice other religions or are unsure of what to believe. That’s such a great thing because I think that during this time in our lives, people are still discovering who they are, and for me, I feel more open to others’ opinions than I ever have in the past. I’ve met many people in college who do not share my religious beliefs, and it’s caused me to question my Christian faith.

One of my best friends at Luther is Hmong, and I also have numerous friends who are atheist or agnostic. When I learned about how different their spiritual beliefs were, yet how similar I was to them in other ways, I started to wonder why I had thought that my religion must be the right one and everyone else must be wrong. It seems pretty ignorant considering the twenty-something official religions in the world. That’s when the questioning of my own faith began, and I admitted to myself that the main personal reasons I had for being a Christian were that I didn’t want to burn in hell if I died, and I wanted someone to pray to when things got rough. Pretty selfish, huh?

As of now, I still consider myself Christian, and I often think back to a question one of my atheist friends asked me when I was reconsidering my faith: “Can you honestly say that you don’t believe in God?” My answer was, and still is, no. There’s something within me that knows there is a God, and it’s not something I feel that I can choose. For now, that’s my reason for choosing Christianity; after lots of questioning, His presence still prevails.


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