What’s the Church For? Continued

I suppose it shouldn’t be such a surprise that Christian youth aren’t learning how to evangelize. After all, the Christian subculture has expended considerable effort to put a protective bubble around our kids.

This is a tough dilemma, I think.

Kids are so easily influenced, especially by their peers. I was reminded of this again last night as a new friend in Bible study mention how her youngest son has been hanging around a boy aiming to become his class valedictorian. Amazingly her son himself is suddenly more academically minded.

So the influence can be either positive or negative, but as the culture turns more to raunch, our tendency to shield kids is greater.

But what about the kids who could be influenced positively, who could be evangelized?

Here’s where I think we must not believe the lie that one size fits all.

Some families are equipped to send their kids off to public school, knowing that they can provide the support they need when the temptations assail them, knowing their kids will come to them well before they get in over their heads.

On the other hand, some kids are too vulnerable. By nature, they are followers and need to be surrounded by leaders who are going the right way.

Then there are financial concerns, or single parent homes which need the backing of a school and staff to help reinforce Christian values. And on and on.

I don’t think there is one right decision, even within a family, as to where a child should go to school.

The thing is, the issue I raised yesterday, in my view, is not about Christian or public schools. It is about a denomination and church leaders who think a school is the answer to a problem created because the Church isn’t doing what it is supposed to do. That’s reprehensible, I think.

But again, why am I surprised? More and more I hear about churches in which the pastor does little preaching and no exposition of Scripture.

What does it matter if he tells his congregation that they’d feel better if they would just forgive that noisy neighbor or brutal boss? That’s his opinion, his advice, and in this case it happens to square with Scripture, but what if next week he tells them to go out and invest a $100 in his television ministry?

There needs to be more than self-help counsel from a sermon. The pastor’s job in the pulpit should be to explain God’s Word. That’s how we’re equipped to live in our culture.

So the real question, What’s happened to Bible teaching?

Maybe that’s why so many Christians are getting involved in Bible studies like Bible Study Fellowship or Beth Moore‘s studies. Then again, maybe that’s why our youth are being left out.

Published in: on September 12, 2007 at 11:00 am  Comments (1)  
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