College + Christianity

So this post is not exactly nerdy, but I think a lot of readers will be able to relate to this.  If you find yourself relating, yay!  If not, I’m terribly sorry and you don’t have to read anymore.

So I’m a Catholic college student who spends her procrastination time trolling CNN. Sometimes I come across some really dumb things; other times I come across interesting things. Today, I came across one of the latter: a CNN blog article about Christianity in college called “My Take: Don’t Blame College for Young People Leaving Christianity“.

If you aren’t a news junkie like me, I’ll explain what’s going on. One of the leading candidates for the Republican presidential nominee, Rick Santorum, recently said that college is to blame for the recent exodus of twenty-somethings leaving Christianity.

My personal opinion on the matter? It’s not college that’s the problem; it’s the Church’s for preaching a double standard and being inflexible. I should love my neighbor, yet condemn my gay friends. Does this sound right to you? Well, it doesn’t sound right to me either. And the inflexibility part? Here’s an example: abortion. I do not want this post to turn into an abortion argument, but the Church paints it as a one-sided issue, and it’s not. I do not want to go to Church on Sundays and have a priest or deacon (whoever is giving the homily) that gay people are evil and abortion is going to send me straight to hell. It’s not that black and white, and it’s through college and life that I’ve learned that lesson. However, the Church doesn’t seem to have caught on. When I go to Church, I want to hear about things that make me a better Christian/Catholic and a better person. To me, hating in any way, shape, or form does not do that.

This blog entry from CNN hits the nail right on the head. I know how I feel about the Church (now you do too). I know how a couple of my friends feel, but I wasn’t sure if we were the crazy ones or the ones making sense. Reading this blog post made me feel like I’m part of the second category.

For all of you who didn’t stop reading when I said this post wasn’t nerdy, thank you! For that, you get a relevant picture of Rainbow Dash!

3 thoughts on “College + Christianity

  1. I’ll throw on my religious cap (not literally of course) for a second here and give you my opinion. I am not Catholic so I can’t comment on any of their preaching, but I am a Christian. Yes, my faith teaches me that homosexuality is a sin. But my faith also teaches me to love the sinner not the sin. For the record I do have homosexual friends and we get along fine. As for abortion, my faith treats that has a serious matter and is ok in certain situations. Primarily, if there is critical medical risks to the mother and/or baby.

    So that is my abridged response. Oh and the college thing, it really comes down to people’s choices and I am tired of politicians…

    • The Catholic Church teaches the same thing regarding sinner vs. sin. I’m always saddened to see that some people twist the Church’s teachings to support hatred when her stance is very clearly that we are not to hate anyone and than condemnation is ultimately God’s place and not ours.

  2. What a great article! I agree with pretty much everything he said. How some people who are so full of hate can call themselves Christians I don’t understand.

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