If you read the report, you’ll find that it was focused specifically on teens. And you might think that gives us “adults” a pass on this. After all, we’re not under the microscope. That’s just not right.
We are under the microscope. Sure, teens are influenced heavily by our culture. But they’re also influenced by family, peer groups, and subculture. If our teens are failing to live their faith, it’s our fault. We have failed. And we need God’s help to fix it.
Point the Finger at Me
I suppose I should have expected this shift. I know that I don’t share my faith as much I ought. I sure don’t share my faith as much as my parents and grandparents did. Man, I ought to be exploding with joy over what God has done in my life.
I mean, if I really believe what I say I believe, I can’t imagine that I’d fail to tell anybody about it. After all, God has made a way for me to be right with him! That’s unbelievable to me!
How about you? Do you share your faith?
Why Aren’t We Telling People About Jesus?
There are many possible reasons that we don’t tell people about Jesus:
- We don’t really believe it ourselves
- We’ve been so indoctrinated by our culture that we believe it’s bad to tell people the truth
- We don’t believe (or don’t care) that people actually do die and go to hell
- We’re afraid to be attacked for our beliefs
- We haven’t been discipled
- We’ve never thought about how we might tell people about Jesus
- We’re not interacting with non-believers
Do any of these apply to you?
We Need God’s Help
It’s clear. We’ve messed some stuff up. And there’s no way we can fix it. So let’s ask God for his help. Let’s purpose to let him use us to form the lives of our children and the culture in which they live.
Let’s pray for guidance and strength. Let’s look for opportunities to open our churches, homes, and lives to those around us who don’t know Jesus. Let’s strengthen our resolve to stand firm regardless of the cost.
Let’s purpose to glorify God with our whole lives – all of our passion and strength and mind. He deserves the glory! He’s done GREAT things!
What do you think?
Are you living and sharing your faith?
Are you passing your beliefs and lifestyle to your children?
What can you change to be part of the solution?