If you want to know how Millennials voted in the recent general election the above map may provide some insight. While a qualification may be necessary, let the impact of the graphic soak in for a few moments.
The map has gone viral in social media and the Internet since the election. Gael Fashingbauer Cooper, writing for the website CNET, says, “After the nation’s election maps slowly turned red Tuesday night, giving a victory to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, another map began to circulate on social media, one that rolled as blue as the ocean.”
I checked on the validity of the map and discovered that it doesn’t necessarily reflect the results from the election Tuesday night. The website Survey Monkey actually confirms that the map is pre-election from almost a month prior to November 8, but it shows the results of a poll based on responses given by more than 30,000 likely voters aged 18-34.
Copper added, “It is easy to see why so many who were disappointed in the election results are sharing this image. In a world where only these survey-takers voted, America would be preparing to inaugurate President Hillary Clinton in January 2017.”
It is not surprising that young adults would embrace a political party that often leans far to the left philosophically. My wife and I have a grandson who is attending a state university in pursuit of a degree in electrical engineering. He recently told me that he is taking a history course this semester and his professor took an entire class session to compare Donald J. Trump to Adolph Hitler.
Many of our colleges and universities have become so liberal that it is frightening. Edward Schlosser is a professor at a midsize state school and recently stated, “I’m a liberal professor, and my liberal students terrify me. Things have changed since I started teaching. The vibe is different. I wish there were a less blunt way to put this, but my students sometimes scare me – particularly the liberal ones.”
Nicholas Kristof, writing for the New York Times, states, “We progressives believe in diversity, and we want women, blacks, Latinos, gays, and Muslims at the table – er, so long as they aren’t conservatives.
“Universities are the bedrock of progressive values, but the one kind of diversity that universities disregard is ideological and religious. We’re fine with people who don’t look like us, as long as they think like us.”
Kristof added, “Four studies found that the proportion of professors in the humanities who are Republicans ranges between 6 and 11 percent, and in the social sciences between 7 and 9 percent.
“Conservatives can be spotted in the sciences and in economics, but they are virtually an endangered species in fields like anthropology, sociology, history, and literature. One study found that only 2 percent of English professors are Republicans.
“In contrast, some 18 percent of social scientists say they are Marxist. So, it is easier to find a Marxist in some disciplines than a Republican.”
While I do not mean for this editorial to suggest that Republicans are the preferred political party, it is apparent that their 2016 platform is more akin to the values most Baptists embrace.
The dangerous ideologies propagated by most liberal arts colleges and universities should give Georgia Baptists an even greater appreciation for our three schools of higher education.
Having just heard the convention reports of Presidents Steve Echols of Brewton Parker College, Emir Caner of Truett-McConnell University, and Don Dowless of Shorter University my own heart has been greatly blessed and encouraged by their reports of how God is working in their schools to save lost students and how they are being prepared to go out into the world to make a profound difference for Jesus Christ
Dr. Caner quoted the famed London preacher Charles H. Spurgeon, saying, “We have come to a turning point in the road. If we turn to the right mayhap (perhaps) our children and our children’s children will go that way; but if we turn to the left generations yet unborn will curse our names for having been unfaithful to God and to His Word.”
What does the future hold for our children and grandchildren? The basic formation of children’s values, beliefs, and ideals come from the home. The colleges they choose to attend will have a vital part in helping to mold them for the future.
However, all of us need to be invested in our youth today. Point them to Jesus. Pray for them. Mentor them. Love them so that you can trust the future to them with confidence that they will be soldiers of the cross.