In the most recent issue of Relevant, Issue 6, Cameron Strang talks about finding relevant churches to attend. They don’t seem to have any relevant churches in Canada – which is too bad. Anyway, he suggests that maybe the twentysomethings should begin to attend and get plugged into churches in order to be instruments of change. He states: “Why? Because we don’t have all the answers. Because it’s biblical. And because maybe we can be instruments of change there. If we’re not trying to serve and make a difference, why are we complaining about the state of “irrelevant” churches today?
As our church approaches it’s annual meeting (we are a congregational church so need the involvment of members), I wish we had more twentysomethings who were there to be instruments of change. I wish we had more in this age group who were not afraid of teaching us how to do “church ” in a way that would be relevant to their peers. And we have to face it, those who need God most desperately are not the few kids who continue to put up with our “modern” systems but the huge numbers of young people who no longer find anything about our church organization that appeals to them. The really horrible thing is that these kids do not just drop church but they also lose sight of the relevance of their faith and begin to search in other places that only lead them into lies and half truths.
And if we older adults have caused even one of these young ones to stumble, to be fed up with our hypocrisy and lose faith, we are to be pitied because we are condemming ourselves.
In Luke 17:2 Jesus said, “It would be better to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone tied around the neck than to face the punishment in store for harming one of these little ones.”
If we really want a powerful faith that makes a difference in our lives, in the lives of our children and in the communities we live in, we had better not turn away the generation of children that are now becoming adults and thinking through their faith.
I know I have made mistakes with my own kids. But I know my deep desire to see God become the center of their lives has led me to try to look at life more from their perspective. And I know that if I am going to see God make a differnce in their lives then I have to be flexible, I have to throw away some of my preconceived notions of what right behaviour is, I have to let God work in his own way in them and not expect them to turn out looking like me. God forbid! I think the whole objective, after all, is to get them looking more like Him.