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Christian Youth Lack a Biblical Worldview

What is happening with Christian youth today?

In an interview with Servant magazine, Josh McDowell states that 91 percent of evangelical Christian kids believe "there is no truth apart from myself." If we don't make some drastic changes, he says, this generation will not be returning to church (see the article Rebuilding the Foundations). According to Dr. Paul Chamberlain of Trinity Western University, "Young people are not as convinced [that Jesus is the way to come to God] as we might think they are." In fact, he says Christian teenagers may act as if they are solidly grounded in their faith, but they may be harbouring serious doubts (see Christian Youth Lack Biblical Worldview).

While these are issues of concern that parents and educators seek to resolve, God's intervention in response to prayer is really our greatest hope. However, in the article Raising World-Changers, the author also talks about her experience in raising Christian kids and offers a suggestion to help parents raise kids who are Christ followers.

Here is another suggestion. How do we speak to our kids? Kevin Livingston, author of What Does Your Tongue Say About You? reminds us of the scriptural truth that words have power. The words we speak to our kids, family, and friends will shape lives: they'll bless or curse, encourage or destroy.

The Dalits, the lowest caste of people in India, are well aware of the power of words. Labelled as "the untouchables," they are despised by those above them. But in Christ they are experiencing freedom, and millions of them are just waiting for someone to tell them about Jesus—a wide-open mission field (see Dalit Outreach and India's Young Dalits Finding Freedom Through Learning)!

With problems like these in the world, it's easy to think that God might be too busy for the small issues we face daily. We might wonder, Should we bother Him with mundane things? But be encouraged. Read Rick Cogbill's Did You Know I Was Here? and don't hesitate to take your small concerns to Him. He answers prayer!

Happy Father's Day!

Blessings,

Daina Doucet
Online Editor
Write us at: feedback@christianity.ca

 

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Rebuilding the Foundations
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What Does Your Tongue Say About You?
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Raising World-Changers
How do we shape our kids into world-changers who are used of God to build His kingdom?

Dalit Outreach
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India's Young Dalits Finding Freedom Through Learning
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Did You Know I Was Here?
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Christian Youth Lack Biblical Worldview
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