There are actually many reasons why Christians and non-Christians alike should rejoice at the demise of the “higher education” bubble. It will mean that a great deal of money can be spent on something productive, like starting a business—not to mention no longer suffering the years of lost productivity for young adults.
But there is a reason why Christians in particular should laugh, and I get the idea of laughter from how the saints are told to react to Babylon’s destruction:
“Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you saints and apostles and prophets, for God has given judgment for you against her!” (Revelation 18:20 ESV)
We have to keep in mind that we will soon see that destruction (in a mild form) when we read stories like this:
“InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, one of the nation’s oldest and most respected campus-based Christian ministries, said in early February that the University of Michigan has booted its Asian InterVarsity chapter off campus after the student outreach refused to drop its biblically based requirements for leadership.”
In this case, the excuse for sending nullifying the college student group was “non-discrimination.” Because the University upholds a policy of “non-discrimination” Christian groups are not permitted on the campus. Only groups that allow adherents to all or no religions to be in leadership are not discriminated against by the school.
“The university’s relevant rule states that the school is “committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of … religion.” The move by university officials to un-recognize the InterVarsity group prompted the Michigan Daily, the school’s student newspaper, to exult that ‘removing the group’s campus affiliation reaffirms the university’s commitment to nondiscrimination.’”
So, because the university does not discriminate, religious persons are prohibited from starting college groups. Makes perfect sense.
When I read about this stupid bullying and banishing, I have to admit that all the bad news about the economy seems like good news. These schools are dinosaurs. They offer nothing of value and they overcharge for what little they do have to offer. They are going to crash. The price of tuition and the debt load after graduation far exceeds what the graduate can afford with his first job. The whole system is going to collapse. Hallelujah!
So pretty soon (though none of us can time it precisely) there won’t be places like the University of Michigan and Vanderbilt University (another school to marginalize believers). There will be no institutions to throw their weight around in order to tell the Christians that they don’t count and that the rules allowed to other groups aren’t meant for them.
The bursting of the bubble won’t be just because of economic stupidity. Our society has been given over to stupidity because of arrogance and unbelief.