It has only recently become evident that the key to changing society was through the next generation. For many years, Christians watched as the Bible and Godly morals were questioned and removed from our schools and we got somewhat upset, but did not realize the full impact of the replacement.
Now, many wage their battles with our children in the schools, and many have removed their children from the schools altogether– realizing just how powerful having the time every day to expose children to values in this way is.
We are quickly seeing the erosion of basic knowledge of God and the Bible to the point that we are becoming the pagan country a lot of people try to claim we already are. It reminds me of the end of the book of Joshua and into the book of Judges where we see the commentary: and they followed the Lord all the days of Joshua and those that followed after him. We will quickly see the result of a group of children that know not God.
And we’re seeing it in our churches– by the attendance, by the desire to be entertained rather than worshiping God. We are seeing a generation that is consumed with self, unknowing of what it’s like to take a stand for faith and to be persecuted– except for with words.
What we choose to do in our youth groups, in our Sunday Schools and in our services to reach this generation will have to be different than anything that we’ve done before. We can no longer expect these kids to come to our churches knowing all the basic concepts (that they’re a sinner, that there is a God, etc.) but we must begin to take the Gospel to them.
This is not unlike the way that Paul had to minister on Mars Hill vs. in the synagogues. In the Jewish synagogues Paul could talk about the law and how it mirrored Christ. On Mars Hill he had to start with Creation and teach them about God. This is much harder to do, but it is necessary.
In order for the Church of Jesus Christ to reach those that need salvation, we’re going to need to adjust what we’re doing, because to continue to reach out in the same ways will not work.