Many people seem to find it odd that, even though students in my college are training for ministry, even though they are the ones who, if anyone, should be passionate about Christianity and confident in their faith, it is during their four years studying here that many Bible students experience their worst period of doubt and discouragement. They lose their enthusiasm for going to church and spending time with the Christian community. Their attitudes are ones of cynicism and defeat.
Perhaps it’s not so strange as we think, though, that Bible students can so quickly become disillusioned with the church. The more we learn about God’s will for mankind and his plan for the church, the more we become aware of just how short we fall of that. It is difficult to remain passionate about something which has so vastly missed the mark.
Do we fight the church’s errors, accept them, or give in to them? Or do we walk away from the disaster entirely? It is not an easy question to answer.