Having said that Col 2 does not disallow college attendance, let us also admit that there is plenty of man’s wisdom with which to be decieved at college — and elsewhere. This is not a trivial matter. God’s word tells us specifically not to be deceived. How do we avoid it? Stay away from college by making such a rule? Smiling a lot and having real happy youth times? Pretending that there are no challenges to our faith? These seem to be the most chosen responses.
What the Word says, however, is that we should recognize Jesus, the Anointed One and His Anointing. We should realize that all the fullness of Deity lives in him. Therefore, there is all wisdom –even about this natural world — in Him. So just as we recieved Him (by faith), so we should continue in Him (by faith.) We should be rooted and built up. We should be strengthened in the faith we were taught. We should overflow with thanksgiving.
No — not overstuffed at Thanksgiving.
Specifically, making rules about staying away will not work. The youngster bound and determined will go to college will surmise that our faith is weak and we are afraid to meet the challenges to our faith. Let us instead, go farther into faith, into Jesus the Anointed One and His anointing. Let us follow him, humbly, into victory.
And where are we going, following Jesus, the Christ? Servant leadership. Servant leadership IS consonant with college — but not with everything taught there.
We might way, “separate the wheat from the chaff.” There it would be called critical thinking.