“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” -Proverbs 22:6
Okay so this just hit me today while sitting in church for a baby’s dedication.
For those of you who may not know what that is, a dedication is basically where they dedicate the baby to Christ. Wow, who would have guessed? The parents are asked if they will bring up the baby in the ways of the Lord, and then the church community is asked the same.
However, today my pastor decided to take a branch off of this and mention how they can’t make a person go to church forever, but they can “give them a taste” for it so they continue on for the rest of their lives.
Here’s the thing, I go to a college where there is mandatory chapel. Honestly? I hate it. I hate being forced to worship. I love God, but I hate having penalties if I don’t go to the right amount of chapels. I also think that because students are made to go to chapel, they don’t get as much out of it as they could. They never ask why. Why are they at this service? Why is this relevant? What did they get out of this?
If they do ask themselves those questions, the answers usually are: because I have to, it’s not, and nothing.
If students were able to choose to go, they’d get so much more out of it. So I believe Proverbs 22:6 should be taken into account.
Yes, parents should bring them up in a Godly way. However, not everyone has that opportunity. So the college should set the wheels in motion. I believe that students in their first year should have mandatory chapel, and have the amount they have to go to lowered for second year. Then for their third and fourth year, they get to choose.
By the time many of the students reach college, they are technically adults. Though they may not be completely mature, no one ever is. However, by their third or fourth year of college, they need to have their own free will. It also takes away the penalties of not going and rewards those who do.
So what do you all think? Agree? Disagree?