When it comes time for Christian families to decide if they will send their daughters to college, most of them have a lot to think about. But something I think they don’t stop to think about long enough is how college–even a Christian one–can affect their daughter’s idea of Biblical womanhood.
One would think that a Christian college with a reputation for being conservative would be a feminist-free zone where a godly view of womanhood was promoted and honored, but as I can personally attest to, that is not the case. I have sat through literature classes where the male characters are badmouthed, picked on, and mocked, while the women are raised onto a pedestal–even the ones that committed adultery, abandoned their children, left their husbands, and committed suicide.
I have sat under a feminist professor who proudly proclaimed her choice to forever curtail her reproductive abilities so that she could never have children with her husband, because she wasn’t the “mothering type.” She promoted never having children to the class, and I watched as young ladies were drawn into her opinion because they were attracted to her air of confidence in herself as a woman. This same woman told the class that “we don’t hear enough about men submitting to their wives.” And when one girl was brave enough to say, “that’s because wives were told to submit to their husbands,” another confident feminist student explained that Paul was a man, and the translators of the Bible were men, so they had simply changed the Bible to fit their own desires regarding this passage.
The truth of the matter is that Christian colleges, for the most part, have given up defending the parts of the Bible that come under attack in our culture today and taken up the same “causes” of the secular world: feminism, environmentalism, and extreme racial sympathy (to the point where every white person is an oppressor). I don’t believe that Feminism on Christian college campuses is a just a “little issue” that can be safely ignored either. As can be seen in my earlier example, feminist interpretations of the Bible are a challenge to Biblical inerrancy. If the Bible was wrong about women submitting, then what else did its authors change to fit their own views?
If you are a parent who has poured yourself into raising your daughter, you may still be very concerned about your daughter receiving a degree. After all, what if she doesn’t marry or if homeschooling laws change and she needs a teaching credential to homeschool? Although I don’t really believe that a college degree is necessary for a woman, I do think that the threat of homeschooling laws changing is a real possibility to prepare for.
So how does a woman obtain her degree without leaving home completely? My friend Lydia is one such young woman who has been able to remain a stay-at-home daughter while working on her education. You can read about her reasons for doing so here and find helpful tips and resources about the programs she has used here.
Please take a minute to look at her testimony and consider the benefits of keeping your daughters at home while they are completing their education! Even though your daughters may be exposed to radical Feminism while taking online or community college classes, it is an entirely different thing to live in an atmosphere where Christian teachers and students dismiss God’s design for women, and thereby undermine the His very Word.
This piece originally appeared on Tiffany’s blog True Femininity