Saturday, October 13, 2007

Teenagers in Church - Mosh Pits or Actually Learning Something?

Over at Team Pyro, the always thought provoking Frank Turk posted another in his series on the reasons people leave churches, and whether or not they are legitimate reasons. (Click on the word "series" and that will take you to Frank's commentary.

This whole discussion has been enlightening, but in today's post, he mentioned something almost as an aside. He relates an incident at one particular church where several groups of parents actually pulled out of the church because their teenagers were being taught church history and the five Solas of the Reformation!!!

In the comment section, I made the rather snarky comment that if the teacher had brought in a mosh pit for the class, that undoubtedly would have caused the ranks to swell beyond building capacity. I shouldn't be surprised at such lamebrainedness, but it still manages to make me shake my head in disbelief. I applaud the Sunday school teacher who actually attempted to teach these kids something of substance that might well benefit them greatly after they reach adulthood. But no. Instead, they are bereft of an excellent learning opportunity, an opportunity to deeply enrich their faith and knowledge of the sacrifices made by the Reformers to restore a biblical Gospel.

Take the kids to church fall retreats and snow camp. Play all sorts of gross-out games in youth groups. Unsupervise them to the point where the teens are having sex in the coatrooms (I'm not making that one up - it actually happened). Teach them about contemplative labyrinths, the silence, and the spiritual significance of tattoos and tongue-studs. But actually teach them Bible? Actually teach them something substantive about the Christian faith? Buddha forbid (after all, we all worship the same God, don't we).

If and when this country degenerates to the point where Christians are seriously persecuted for their faith, a whole lot of people are in for a very rude awakening. But there is one good thing that comes out of such an event. Persecution does tend to purify the church. Ask those who lived the experience in other countries where the authorities looked at Christians with a jaundiced eye.

Anyway, thanks to Frank for raising my blood pressure today. And giving me another subject on which to rant.

1 comment:

WAM said...

There is a very strong youth ministry in my church. The young people are wholesome, hard working, clean, dress moderatly, do community service both in their church, and within the community itself. Their parents start this attitude from the beginning. The primary children start at the preschool age and by the time they are preadolescent, they are truly strong souls. Many of them recieve callings to go on missions- all over the world. Many of these parents are very proud of their childrens achievement.

I think one of the keys to this- isn't a miracle- its applying the faith at home on a daily basis. Having family nights- at home, studying the Bible-turning off the Tellie- and going no where. The church is their life. Its a daily thing. No doubt about it.

Many churchs are Sunday only affairs, and once the family leaves- that is it until next week. No wonder the children really don't have any grounding. Do they crack their Bibles during the week?

Then there are those parents who have a religeous background- but as adults don't practice. They do what is minimal- baptise their kids- and then go on the holidays- if even that.

What is worse than that however, is the chid that is unchurched. It is my theory that children that are unchurched are the ones that have the most problems in life. Church helps establish good values- even if attendence is low at the best.

There is problems today- but they have always existed throughout history. Parents need to take a hand as well as responsiblity in their children- no matter how old they are. If they don't know where they are- they best find out.
Sex will happen without some control in the family.

Oh well..who am I to judge.

Pax Christie
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