A large strand of contemporary evangelical theology—what I call the
"new evangelical theology"—emphasizes the need to "find God's will for
your life." This challenge turns out to be a terrific source of anxiety
for the students I encounter. They're young, which means they have a
lot of life ahead of them and a lot of big decisions to make. When they
hear about the importance of "finding God's will for your life," they
conclude that it's not enough to learn how to make good decisions about
what career to pursue or whom to marry. On top of all that, you have to
figure out whether this is exactly the decision God has in mind for
you. And how do you figure that out?
The will of God is an
important biblical concept, but it turns out that what my evangelical
students are trying to find is something different.