Yesterday’s post really affected me. I mean, yes, of course I know our children face great challenges and yes, of course I know our children face more tough decisions than many of us did when we were growing up, But to find an organization of “adults” challenging our children to commit blasphemy just floored me. I do not intend to dwell on it in this blog, but I am praying for guidance on how to fight this in my own community.
I’m struggling…what is that turns someone away from God so much that they are willing to commit blasphemy? Afterall, most of these young adults grew up in Christian households.
My son is about to begin his graduate work in Christian marriage and family counseling. He was not surprised at all by any of this. Apparently, atheism is quickly becoming the fad “religion” of choice, if you will. Many of these children have been hurt in some way by their church, family, or someone calling themselves a “Christian”. Recent media coverage hasn’t done us any favors either. I haven’t had the opportunity yet, but I intend to discuss this in greater detail with him over the next week or two.
Two out of three kids stop going to church after graduating high school. Why? Well, last night I asked two of our recent graduates that no longer attend church. Their answers varied:
That one struck a chord because I’ve heard that all of my life and, in fact, was a reason I stopped going as a young adult. But that’s for another time…
These kids are searching for something. They need to feel like they are a part of something, like they belong and that they matter. They are not being fed and they do not feel loved. They don’t want lip service. They want action.
As I mentioned before, we’ve been richly blessed with our two children and the strength of their faith. To some degree, I believe that has clouded my vision of reality. It’s time to take off the blinders. This isn’t going away and it’s not going to get better by itself.
They were created to worship. If they don’t worship God, they will find someone or something else to worship, and they are…
How do we show our youth who Christ really is? How do we make Christ not only relevant in their lives, but vital?