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Is the Game Worth the Candle?

        “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain
the whole world, and lose his own soul?
or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”

—Matthew 16:26

Our Lord taught us all about bad bargains.  To lose your own soul and to receive in exchange that mere pittance called “the whole world” should be counted as one of those bad bargains.  So what sense does it make to lose your own soul, and to pay out $35K per year over the course of four years for the privilege?  Like the harlot in Ezekiel (16:41), we have got a bad arrangement completely backward, and not in a way that really improves anything.

Spiritually speaking, mainstream college is not worth it.  We should always remember that the mainstream frequently goes right over the falls.  So the odds really are against you, Charlotte Simmons, and to be attracted to that gaudy-and-prestigious-on-the-outside life indicates part of the problem.  The game might not be worth the candle, and moreover, moths fly into it.

The moral problem of the four-year drunken debauch is not the only concern out there.  We also have the problem of the traditional Christian who is a serious and ambitious student.  This starry-eyed grad student decides that if he gets his M.A. at Princeton, moves on to Harvard Law, and then finishes...

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