"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect." 1 Peter 3:15
That’s it….I QUIT!
My wife was perusing the internet tonight and found an interesting article. Anne Rice has quit her religion, and is moving on, on her own. To quote the LA times article… “she announced she had quit Christianity “in the name of Christ” because she’d seen too much hypocrisy”. The article goes on to talk about religion in a generic sense, and how people are leaving church because they have become disillusioned with the religion in general. Now, if you know me…you know that I am not a big fan of the LA Times, but I have to admit, with this article…they have hit the nail on the head. There are a number of great points to take from this article.
25% of people between the ages of 18-29 do not associate with any particular faith.
This is a startling statistic. Having seen firsthand the impact of what a secular college can do to a kid with a mind full of mush…I would have thought this number to be much higher. And perhaps, in reality, it is. Especially taking into consideration the second point…
Every day, the church is becoming more like the world it allegedly seeks to change.
It is hard being a Christian, isn’t it? You have to stand out in the crowd, you are an alien in this world, and as a result an outcast. Just for believing in Christ. Now take this into combination with the fact that everyone has a natural desire to be liked (well not me, but I love being the alien) and you have a recipe for disaster. It is easier to blend in, to follow the crowd, and to do what feels good than it is to be ridiculed for your actions, and mocked for your faith. So what do people do who are not grounded in their faith… go with the flow. Which leads me to the more controversial point…
Many people who call themselves Christian don’t really believe, deep down, in the tenets of their faith. In other words, their actions reveal their true beliefs.
This I believe is closer to the truth. It gets to a really tough question…can a Christian truly backslide…or are they (were they) ever truly a Christian? I do have a personal example to draw from in this sense. Someone I know, attended church until the age of 18. Went to college, and began to live a life that was contrary to the Word of God. So the question becomes… was this person ever a Christian? This topic alone deserves it’s own post, and possibly it’s own debate. What is clear is that all three of these points are a call for concern to church leadership from all denominations.
The primary question for me…are we preparing our youth to enter a world bent on getting them to deviate from the Word of God? The statistics will tell you no! The world will tell you no, and the actions of these “Christian” youths will tell you no!
I have decided to throw my hat into the ring of education by helping out with the Sunday School at my church. I am not sure if I can make a difference with these kids, but if I can help prevent one or two kids from following this path….wouldn’t it be worth it? (BTW…my wife hates this cliché) I think so. So then the question becomes…what are you doing to help?