⚡️MUSING 1 of 3⚡️ “Seminary? More like cemetery!” If I had a nickel every time I heard this stupid maxim, well … it may have halved my tuition. There is a bizarre phenomenon in portions of the church where Christian education is celebrated with flags and tambourines until one reaches the masters or doctorate level. Oddly enough, the celebration of dedication to learning more about God and His ways abruptly transforms into fear that you’ll reject everything the church has taught you and then completely leave your faith. I began to wonder, in what other professional field do we encourage people to stay mildly educated as the sweet spot for avoiding deception and maintaining truth? "You’ve got the right major, just don’t learn too much." Would we instruct physicians, lawyers, business professionals, musicians, or psychiatrists to resist moving beyond their bachelors, and if they do, at least continue with fear and trembling?
The fear tends to be that seminaries exist for the sole purpose of chewing up and spitting out wide-eyed Awana alumni and their fragile child-like faith. To be fair, the majority of concern expressed about seminary comes from real experience of their now agnostic friend, or friend of a friend, or friend of a friend who once heard a story.
First, let me say that I had a faith-filled, fabulous experience in Christian higher education, and I’m no anomaly (more on that later). Second, even if seminary was somehow a generally dangerous place for Christians to attend, writing it off shouldn’t be our response. Just remember, the most famous cemetery in Scripture turned out to be just one prophecy away from a living breathing army. So whether we’re attending, prophesying, or rumoring, let’s send life that direction.