A Christian Party School

In yet another desperate attempt to find relevance in a world where women can earn a living doing something other than taking their clothes off, Playboy Magazine has chosen to tell us which college campuses lead the nation in… wait for it… “Partying”.

Playboy’s list of top 10 “party schools” was released to “legitimate sports media outlets” this week and there were some surprising omissions; some historically hard-partying stalwarts didn’t make the cut as it pertained to playboy’s selectively chosen, yet tastefully displayed, criteria:

“Sex”, “Athletics”, and “Nightlife”

The hard-working statisticians and researchers behind this year’s list didn’t state how strongly the categories played into the overall decisions, but it doesn’t take a genius to understand that certain schools ranking high in “athletic achievement” and “proximity to Hollywood” wouldn’t need to rank nearly as high in the “sex” department to make the list.

Which makes me wonder how a Christian University from Ft. Worth, Texas with two streets famous for pizza, burgers, and tacos, and a respectable, yet modest, athletic department lands at number 9 on the list?

That’s right, Texas Christian University beat out all but 9 colleges in an All-American ranking of nightlife, sports, and the proclivity for pre-marital prevarication.

While I have been warned not to “underestimate the awesomeness” of the Ft. Worth Zoo and Botanical Gardens or University Drive’s “largest museum & arts campus in the Southwest”, I am left to wonder just how much sexual activity it takes to outpace the athletic prowess and nightlife of every college in Miami, New York, and California? (besides USC of course)

At some point I should also mention that TCU’s mascot is the “Horned Frog” and that “Christian” is a portion of the School’s name.

Now before you assume that this post is going to be an all-out bashing of a legitimate and respectable institution of higher education, let me clearly state that I understand that “the list” isn’t at all scientific, depends on speculation and rumor, and that not all “Christian” schools require you to be “Christian” to enroll.

I also understand that “every college in America has its fair share of young people who travel far from home so that they can get away from the watchful eye of well-meaning authority figures.”

…and that’s what this post is actually about.

The story of the prodigal son is the story of a young man who believes that there is a place where he can go to “get away” from the father who expects him to live righteously.

He “goes away” because he knows that his behavior is unacceptable to his father.

What we know from this is that the father has:

A.) Clearly communicated what is expected and what will not be tolerated in his own home, and

2.) Leaving home to squander his wealth on prostitutes and riotous living is an acknowledgement that the son knows the rules and won’t obey them.

Dad has done right by his son, the son has a choice to do right by his father.

College has been a place where burgeoning adults have fled to fulfill their dreams and pursue their fantasies since long before “Animal House” passed from the realm of mere description to become definition.

Taking dad’s money and running off has become an acceptable portion of the American narrative.

If you can find someone to pay for college, then you can spend 4 years exploring all of the options that prolonged adolescence has to offer you.  In short, many colleges have become the “far-off places” where young people go to be free of the family rules; a kind of boarding school that becomes a cruise ship for the weekend.

So what are you doing to prepare your sons and daughters for the reality that no one on campus will actually tell mom and dad what they are up to?

Have you given them smaller responsibilities and freedoms yet?

What have they chosen to do with it?

Are you rewarding trustworthiness or simply punishing deceit?

Have you allowed your children to face the actual consequences of their decisions?

Or are you still “cleaning up” after them?

You see, we can get mad at an article for pointing out something that we all know, or we can finally let a long neglected truth have it’s day:

College is not a safe place to send “children”,
sending one there is an invitation to disaster.

A college campus is a dangerous, expensive place for adults to gain wisdom and instruction.  This means that an 18 year-old needs to be trained and prepared in advance of their first weekend -even at a “Christian” school.

Hoping that our kids “grow up” before spring break isn’t a plan.

Letting high school and college become “times for fun” make them just that.

Are we raising our kids to be children, or are we raising them to be adults?

The difference is found in setting attainable, adult level expectations and then training children to reach them.

We do this DURING childhood, because 18 years pass a lot faster than we think.

Being a good parent means doing the good work that the Father expects us to.

It also understands that a son or daughter has a choice about what they do in secret.

Either way we’re waiting for their return outside the house.

The waiting is just easier when we’ve sent them off prepared.



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