“Resolution One: I will live for God. Resolution Two: If no one else does, I still will.” - Jonathan Edwards -

Monday, March 31, 2008

A New Post?

I am back - for those who might actually still check by here and see what's new (I don't know if any of those folks are left!)

I just wanted to post something about the youth study we are doing:

We are going through the Bible and talking about the life of a Christian. The first week I started by talking about the (sad) stats that show the evangelical community looking much like the secular world in the areas of abuse, divorce, crime etc. I asked why there is such a great disparity between the words we say, as evangelicals, and our lives.

Then we talked about what the Bible had to say about some of these areas, and discussed what that meant in the lives of a Christian. The next week we actually looked at how the Gospel is presented, oftentimes, in the modern western church; focusing on the fact that we are MOST concerned with 'fire insurance' as opposed to understanding the fact that we are a NEW creation! Unfortunately, sanctification is often left on teh table, and the 'salvation' experience is focused on to the exclusion of everything else.

So this week we discussed this questions: What should our lives look like as Christians?

So far, this has been an interesting study, with some lively discussion. I am using Ron Sider's book as a basic framework. While I may not agree with everything Mr. Sider says, overall the book is a good skeleton upon which I can lay some thoughts.

A final thought -- We have tagged our young people with names such as 'narcissistic', 'materialistic', and 'relativistic'. Now, they are all of these, but no more so than their parents! What I have found as we study is that the young folks are very idealistic, and want to live lives that reflect Christ -- they have just never been confronted with that reality!

Will continue this line of thought in upcoming posts.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Welcome back to the blogosphere! Good shot of Josiah.

You hit the nail on the head when you say that there's nothing wrong with our youth that's not wrong with their parents.

As long as I've been alive (before dirt) the world has always been relativistic and materialistic. However, the currently wave of narcissism has taken sin to a whole new level. I've never seen anything like it before. For someone trying to be a leader in the modern (post-modern?) times, it's overwhelming!

It only makes it harder than ever before to teach youth (and maybe adults more especially) what Paul means by dying to sin and living to Christ.

There must be only a tiny minority who follow what Jesus said when he told us to pick up our cross daily. And that's horribly sad.