Saturday, October 07, 2006

Evangelicals fear the loss of their teenagers

Well, maybe just one last weekend post...

Had to pass on this link to yesterday's New York Times article that cites even more alarming trends about today's teens leaving the evangelical church. This time it says that only 4-5 percent of American teenagers are "Bible-believing" Christians (the article discusses the validity of this statistic). Regardless of the statistics, kids are coming by the thousands to Acquire the Fire, put on by Teen Mania. They are making a decision to lay aside negative cultural influences, and are recommitting their lives to Christ.

I definitely think there is a place for these teen events (I'm very excited to take my daughter later this month to The Revolve Tour!).

But wouldn't it awesome if their PARENTS were the ones making a new commitment to Christ? What would happen if parents decided to lay aside the cultural "garbage" that trips all of us up, and committed to lovingly lead their families to know Him?
For He established a testimony in Jacob,
And appointed a law in Israel,
Which He commanded our fathers,
That they should make them known to their children;
That the generation to come might know them,
The children who would be born,
That they may arise and declare them to their children,
That they may set their hope in God,
And not forget the works of God,
But keep His commandments.

Psalm 78:5-7, NIV


Christa said...

Amen, Sister!

Wendy said...

I pray everyday for my parents to give their lives to Christ.

Thanks so much for the sweet words on my blog yesterday. I would love to meet you and your sweet family in Texas someday. :-)

Rachel said...

Thank you for this post, Katherine. I found your site recently, and have been so encouraged. My children are young, but already so impressionable. I have been so impressed recently with the Lord's desire for me to give up my own "rights" and to live every moment for Him, even as I go about my daily activities.

Susanne said...

So true! We need to make the same committement to the Lord that we are expecting our children to make.