Christian Education

Yes, I know Baylor is a Christian; I’m not

By Caitlyn Meisner | Personal editor

I haven’t complained about taking religion classes at Baylor, but I know it’s incredibly difficult for some people.

On October 18, the editorial board of Baylor Lariat published the following editorial: “Don’t be shocked by your Christian college putting you on Christian courses.

If you haven’t had a chance to read it, I’ll summarize it for you here: “You knew what you had chosen.

Of course, that’s a fair statement.

To defend the “complaints”, it can be difficult to come to a university dominated by a religion, to take courses on this religion, to dissect the traditions and to try to make sense of words written thousands of years ago. years about something you can’t start. to understand.

When you put it in layman’s terms like that, does it sound so easy?

The editorial says Baylor makes no secret of its traditional Christian commitment. The article also states that “you are welcome at Baylor regardless of your religious or non-religious background, but you were also given the choice not to come here.”

OK, that’s where my problem lies.

In fact, I didn’t really have a choice whether to come here or not. In fact, the choice was either to go to Baylor or not to go to college at all.

I don’t want to tell a bloody story here, but I’m heading off to college – like many of us – and I’m the eldest daughter of an overworked single mother of four.

Whether or not I wanted to come, I had to for my family. I felt it was my responsibility to show my sisters that there is a better life for us, even though we are 2,500 kilometers from home.

I am fortunate to have received substantial financial aid and scholarships from Baylor, which made it the only option for my studies. Other schools simply couldn’t compete with Baylor in this regard.

Do I have to choose between limiting myself because of my financial situation or coming to Baylor for a rigorous education? I think I’ll choose the latter.

The editorial then says that if you didn’t know Baylor was Christian, “that’s totally on you” and you should “do more research into the institutions you authorize to prepare for your future.”

Of course, this is very true. I wouldn’t take a job somewhere if I didn’t know their culture or research their history.

In my defense, I was a bright-eyed 17-year-old girl who just wanted to get away from home and be able to say I lived in Texas. As far as I know, no one in my family has ever lived in the South, so I wanted to try something new.

Before asking, “Why didn’t you apply to other schools in Texas?” – I did it. And of course they weren’t as great as Baylor.

I think there is more of a cultural disconnect between my understanding and my background in Christianity than a lack of research, in my experience.

I grew up “Catholic”. Yes, it’s confusing. Let me explain.

What I mean by “Catholic” is that I grew up in the tradition, not religion. I didn’t grow up going to mass every Sunday. I went to the CCD — brotherhood of Christian doctrine, which is essentially a Bible school — because my mother wanted it, not because I believed in it.

So many of my family members and friends went to religious colleges near my home. To my knowledge, they did not choose these colleges because of the Catholic commitment; they chose these schools for various reasons, such as the rigor of the teaching.

Sound familiar?

I guess a childish, ignorant perspective I had when thinking about Baylor was that it was a “Christian” school – and basically lacked a real religious commitment like some Catholic schools back home.

Boy, I was wrong. I admit it.

What I’m trying to say here is that it’s not entirely fair for the virtuous majority to call out the non-religious population for not doing their homework. I did, but there must have been a misunderstanding, or I must have ended up in the wrong class.