“When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?” Psalm 11:3
Many people are surprised when they hear that most of America’s oldest universities were started by preachers and churches – Harvard, William and Mary, Yale, Princeton, King’s College, Brown, Rutgers, and Dartmouth. Harvard University, for example, was founded in 1636 and adopted the “Rules and Precepts” of the university that stated: “Let every student be plainly instructed and earnestly pressed to consider well, the main end of his life and studies is, to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life (John 17:3) and therefore lay Christ at the bottom, as the only foundation of all sound knowledge and learning.”
By way of contrast, today’s universities and colleges are citadels of moral relativism in which the notion of absolute right and wrong is nonexistent, and where research shows that 70 percent of students from “Christian” homes deny their faith before graduation.
Father, I pray that our colleges and universities might become centers for revival rather than for the tearing down of the faith. I ask You to work through the many Christian groups and churches on the campuses to bring thousands of young men and women to faith and discipleship. I pray that the Holy Spirit will use Christian professors and faculty members as a might force for good and that a new standard might be raised up. I pray that Christian students will stand strong for their faith and grow in profound ways. And I pray that You will equip churches and homes across the land to give their young people the training for a biblical worldview that will cause them to thrive in their faith through their entire college experience. Amen.