Why I Left USC

And God placed all things under His feet and appointed Him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of Him who fills everything in every way. ~Ephesians 1:17-23

About 4 years ago, I thought long and hard about the career I would pursue, and the education I needed under my belt to attain the highest level of success. According to a workbook what helped me assess my strengths, weaknesses, and interests, I reasoned  that Social Work was the work for me.

As a recent college graduate, this was a time of life when I was both certain and uncertain that I could do anything in the world and make it count. God’s master plan is really amazing if you sit back and think about the precise succession of events that have taken place in your life. Just one decision could have made your life take a sharp left, but whatever happened, happened because God foresaw that it was the best possible option (and as C.S. Lewis says in The Weight of Glory , what happens is the ONLY option).

I set my sights on applying to an MSW program and last November of 2011, I entered the MSW program at the University of Southern California, a top ten school for Social Work. The first semester was great, I got straight A’s and looked forward to starting my internship in the fall. The coursework was all introductory, of course.

So in the second semester, I began to learn things I was less inclined to agree with. As a Social Worker looking toward state licensure, I would be required to uphold a sort of Universalist worldview in which every lifestyle and liberal social doctrine is “PC”.

I don’t know what I expected. Of course this is how the world thinks. The NASW Code of Ethics stands for very honorable things, and I don’t mean to say that they are completely out of their minds. It’s that the overall framework I would be required to submit myself to is not Christ-centered. Even “Christian Social Work” must come under restrictions as applies to the Gospel of Jesus. That’s just the nature of the beast.

But lately I have come to realize in a major wayhowJesus is Lord of my life! I want to submit my decisions, my words, my whole life to His will. I don’t want to just say he is Lord, and then turn around and make decisions that don’t agree with what He is teaching me. I have been living the same hypocrisy as the Pharisees who did not truly practice what they preached. Through Christ we have been given the freedom from the worldly way of thinking!

It started with an inkling that what I was learning goes against what the Bible teaches. The inkling turned into an idea of leaving, and that idea turned into a desire. I prayed about it and talked to some people very close to me, and I officially withdrew last week. Now I am truly free to pursue Godly things!

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  1. Praise the Lord! There is nothing better than be in the center of God’s Will for your life and there is nothing better than having Jesus be that center! I’m so proud of you Molly and I know He is too!! I pray God’s blessing chase you down and take you over!!

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  2. Molly. I so admire your desire to serve our Lord and Savior. The way you give up your life to Christ and His will is refreshing and encouraging. I don’t know if I’ve told you this in person, but THANK YOU SO MUCH for being such a great example of a disciple of Christ, truly taking up your cross and following Him. The faith that God has given you is such a great testimony of His love and grace to us. Thank you for displaying our Father’s glory in all you do and write. You left USC. That was a HUGE step of faith. And I know God has awesome, exciting plans for you, and will bless you in massive ways for trusting in Him. To sum it all up, I love you as a person, and deeply admire you.

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