College Students Living in Coed Dorms

Did somebody say, “Coed dorms?”  Yes, and we’re not talking about guys in the same hall as girls.  When I say “coed dorms” I mean guys and girls sharing bedrooms on campus.  So far, there are about 55 schools nationwide allowing coed on-campus housing.  Miami University and Oberlin University are the only universities in Ohio currently allowing guys and girls to share dorm rooms.  Ohio University will be giving it a try during the Fall of 2011.

Even though coed dorms are currently limited to a few universities, many students across the state are talking about it.  Here’s what students at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio are saying:

“Wright State should’ve had this a long time ago. Students would get to know more people, boys and girls. It would allow them to branch out more.” -Sasha Yancy, 22

“I think that it’s a poor idea, unless there is going to be a vending machine of condoms in the lobby.” -Lindsey Riley, 25

“I think that it’s a good idea, if the people know each other and are comfortable living together.” -Holly Fogarty, 20

“They (students) are paying the money so they should get to choose. Everyone is an adult here.” -Kristine Ogg, 22

When I first heard about this, I thought, “This is crazy!” But then I thought and prayed about it more.  As with everything else, there is a disconnect, a gap.  This gap exists between a Biblical worldview and a more secular lens of seeing the world.  The majority of people view the world with some version of this secular lens or maybe a very limited Biblical lens.  These people see the world with a loose sense of morality, primarily based on their own experiences.  For example, if you grew up going to private schools and had good experiences, you will be more likely to send your kids to private schools.  If you were involved with a church as a kid and had good time, you will probably get your own family involved with a church.  If you drank alcohol as a minor and it did not cause many problems with your life, you will be more accepting of your own kids doing the same.  Simple experiential morality: You define right and wrong based on your own experiences.  And right and wrong can be different for different people.  Got to be tolerant, right? (notice the sarcasm)

Well, it’s the same thing with coed dorms.  We’re in a culture that has become more accepting of cohabitation before marriage & premarital sex.  Even more, our culture is redefining the definition of marriage.  If gays can live together, why can’t guys and girls who are seeking male-female relationships?

The problem is in our culture’s authority.  Our culture’s ultimate authority has become personal opinion based on personal experience.  It is not God nor His Word.  And when this kind of gap exists in how people see the world, we will continue to see issues like abortion and coed dorms.

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6:12)

Jesus is the answer.


About Mike Barnhart

I am a Christ-follower, Husband, Father, & Campus Minister.
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