In , Mark Batterson mentions almost as a sidenote,

“Lion chasers refuse to live their lives in a defensive posture. They are actively looking for ways to make a difference.” (p. 121)

Then he quotes from Bob Briner’s Book , where he challenges us to dare to dream that the top director in Hollywood, the Pultizer Prize winning journalist, and the principle dancer for the leading ballet company are all Christians. To quote Batterson again,

“We need to stop criticizing culture and start creating it.”

I can remember as a teenager telling people (mainly from the church) that I wanted to go into journalism or politics. That’s where I felt called from about the age of 14 and I remember the recoiling in horror.

“Christians can’t go in those areas and remain Christians.”

I wanted to ask why not. I might have even done it. And then I had the strength to pursue those fields anyway, despite what people I admired and respected said. Thanks to Mom and Dad for not joining that chorus.

Now I wonder…do we continue in that same path? Do we tell young people in the church that the only way they can truly serve God is by being a teacher, minister, or missionary? I pray not.  Because as I look at the world, Hollywood needs a lot of tent makers. As does Washington, D.C., New York City, and every other seat of power.

What do you think? Does the church direct youth one place or is it getting better?

One Response to "Do we shortchange Christian youth?"

  • David Eidsvaag says:

    Christians may do anything that is not illegal, immoral, or fattening. The word “youth” is unfortunate. That is part of regular communication is worse. Each young person is an incipient adult. They are going to have to know how to live a life that is one of stewardship. Their physical, moral, mental, relational, vocational and avocational development is what is at stake. Each one of us is born a fallen, wild thing. Good parenting, in a family context, is the ideal. Each one of us is an ostensible wonder. Each is a “one-and- only” expression of the image of God. None is to be regarded flippantly. It seems that some may be, because they are not what I call, “low-hanging fruit”. Those are the young humans who “get along to go along”. They don’t want to make anyone feel bad, or feel bad themselves, so they are quite compliant and tractable. While presenting that, inside they might be angry about the drill that they have to take in. Some young people are more of a challenge. Let us frame the life of each of our youth as an adventure to be discovered and engaged. The LORD knows the plans that he has for each one of us. Is that not something to be full of anticipation about? Martin Luther said, roughly, “I don’t care if you shovel manure, or wash dirty diapers. If you know God, life is a wonderful adventure.” Do we have a sense of wonder, mystery, and awe regarding our mere presence in this wonderful world and the heavens? Do we have a sense of the heavens “…declaring the glory of God, and the Earth displaying his handiwork…”? Seems like we have become unconscious about that. We are lost in the drill of education. We embrace the goal of doing and having too tightly. Life is also about “being and loving”. I Corinthians 13 tells of a manner of life, and good manners. It is all from a Heavenly Father whose “spittin’ image” (spirit and image) we begin to manifest (Eph 5.1). This life is meant to be regarded a wonder that may suddenly have an ending. Do you delight in the Glory of God? Do you want to behold it like Moses did? Do you have expectations that arise out of your own seeking of the Almighty, El Gibbor? God is awfully small in this scientific/technical age. He seems to be deemed a quaint notion by many in what we call the church. Jesus said that he came “…that they might have life and have it abundantly….” Well, do you, and why do you think you do? Youth need to see that their elders are on a God-born/made journey of adventure. Maturity – productive expression of a highly-functioning life is its end, that which is called holiness (wholeness, health, excellent productivity).

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