Miserable Success

Tuesday, Sept. 27                              

There is significant risk in going to a secular college.  It was bad enough in my days—decades ago—but it is much worse now.  Christians can handle some of it fairly well, the sanctity of life, defences against euthenasia, illicit sex, even evolution.  But there’s one thing that pervades secular education that is more subtle—and deadly.  It’s the concept that anyone can succeed who chooses to work hard.  There’s truth in that, but it’s always couched in terms that is not part of Christianity. It focuses on the meaning of success.  To the world, success is obtaining a life style that brings ease and comfort, enjoyment, and feeling good about oneself.  Unfortunately, anything that gets in the way can be dispensed with.   Morality is whatever you want it to be; there are no absolute standards.  This life is what counts.  Young people, even Christians, can be influenced by this line of reasoning and it can end up in disaster and failure.  George Macdonald spoke to this when he said “In whatever man does without God, he must fail miserably—or succeed more miserably.”  The key words are “without God.”  Yes, one can succeed by the world’s standards, and end up in hell in the next life.  I’m reminded of Ps. 106:15.  “And he gave them their request, but sent leanness into their soul.”  God gives you a choice, but the choice you make will have consequences.  Every one will reap what he sows.   May our young people—as well as we who are older—clearly understand the meaning of “success.”   

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