One of the many misperceptions that most adults who are Christians today may have about teenagers is that “teens lack interest in ecclesiastical form, ritual, and participation.”
The understanding or perception by most Christian adults, that young people of today are rebelling against God, and have turned away from the moral way of life, and no longer interested in Church may not necessarily be true.
According to studies by some Christian Research Groups, “today’s youth, in many ways, are just as promising, and as spiritually inclined as any generation. They seem to be just as interested in God and just as passionate about spiritual things as any generation” (Josh McDowell, The Last Christian Generation, pp. 14-15). The major difference is that today’s teenagers are faced with many problems that are different from those of the past.
They are influenced by numerous non-Christian networks; as a result, “much of what they believe about Christianity, truth, reality, and the Church comes from distorted view they have gleaned from the world around them” (ibid, 15). This has also caused some of them to walk away from the Church.
Sometimes, no matter what you do, children go astray–because we live in a society that promotes corrupt morals and teaches children to be irresponsible and reckless. It’s really tough for children to live in this type of society or environment and still concentrate on things about God.
Notwithstanding, as McDowell said, “The crisis is real. The responsibility is ours.” The Church has the responsibility to get the Word out to the teens and bring them back to the family of God, but not to market itself the same as the world does.
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