Archive for June 19, 2015

You may have noticed that I haven’t posted for a couple of days. There’s a reason why, I spent a few days at a camp in Virginia with a wonderful group of young people at their creative arts camp. There will be a few more posts going up today talking about what we did and what we learned, but before I go there, I just wanted to take a few moments for some general observations.

Church, our young people are awesome. I saw people share some really tough stuff and I saw other people come and embrace the hurting. They have a remarkable capacity for compassion and grace. I came away from this experience more convinced than ever at the necessity for churches to invest more time and treasure in our youth and we also need to take them a lot more seriously. Folks, 80% of the people who will ever come to Christ will do it by the age of 18. If we are serious about existing as a church in the next generation, if we are serious about our children coming to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, the right time to get serious was 20 years ago, the second best time is NOW!

I’ve been told that you can’t speak to youth for more than 20 minutes. It’s ludicrous. They are more than capable of not just listening but acting on what they hear. We whine and complain about how they took prayer out of schools. They really didn’t do that. What they took out was adult led prayer, and, to an extent, thank God. Have you seen some of the strangeness that has been deposited on us by society and the virtual venom against the church by many in authority. Do you know who still has the right to lead prayer in schools? That’s right, students. We should be investing in training our students to lead, pray and evangelize. These young people still believe God can move mountains. They are still crazy enough to believe they can change the world. Oh and by the way, they are right! With God all things are possible.

Are our youth impressionable? Absolutely! Are they easily led astray? At times, but they are also passionate. They have a strong sense of right and wrong and justice. If we adults will be faithful, we can impress Jesus Christ, His cause and His call on them and release them into a world who desperately needs what they have to offer. It’s no accident, that we read, “a little child will lead them.” They still believe or they will if our churches will be faithful to the call to train them up in the way they should go. The time to invest in our youth is now. If 80 percent of the people who will ever come to Christ will do it by the age of 18, and if our primary calling as the Church is to lead people to Christ (and it is), does your church’s youth budget reflect this priority? If it doesn’t, shame on us.

I am going to be a grandfather for the first time in a few weeks. I read a statistic not long ago that said that my grandchild’s generation is going to be about four percent Christian. If we believe what our Scriptures say, that means 96 percent of my grandson’s generation will spend eternity separated from God. That is not acceptable to me. Simply not good enough! The time to turn that tide is NOW!

Thank you to the creative arts campers and their counselors as well as the rest of the staff and campers. I had a great time with you all, and to be honest, you reignited my passion. God bless you.