I don’t know if you’ve seen the crazy story involving one of this year’s Heisman trophy hopefuls and his participation – either as victim or perpetrator – in an enormous hoax. It’s a disturbing story of a college student not too unlike those we serve.
For me, it brought to mind a question: Are we training our students in basic, practical wisdom? So often we focus on doing (like social justice or evangelism), and lots of other times we focus on pretty formal theology. Other times, we’re walking our students through understanding Bible passages, and oftentimes we’re providing practical discussion of a particular topic (like dating or God’s will).
But somewhere in there, how do we help them become wise? Not just pure, not just learned, not just active, not just impactful. They’re likely to face lots and lots of situations (in college and afterwards) when a specific topical series won’t cut it. Even our biblical and theological emphases may (whether we mean to or not) be absorbed by our students as knowledge more than as wisdom.
I realize that what’s involved in helping our students not get scammed (for instance) doesn’t seem all that “spiritual.” But surely there are overt biblical connections: not leaning on our own understanding, for instance, and seeking counsel. And in the Bible, wisdom itself seems to be an attribute that corresponds with spiritual maturity; as students grow, they should be becoming wiser and wiser.
So what does this “look like”? Surely not just avoiding internet scams. But would that be part of it? What is part of it? And are you helping students gain it?