I heard a radio program the other day that had youth experts discussing the fact that large numbers of young people leave the church after high school.
In my travels, I have discovered what I believe to be the main cause for this occurrence.
Today, far too many youth groups are nothing more than an entertainment time — silly games, greasy pizza and lots of "connecting" are the predominant items on the agenda, with a smidgen of Bible thrown in. This doesn't make for firmly grounded young people.
No wonder they fall away when they go to college or leave home. They haven't a clue about what the Bible says or what they believe or why they believe it. When they are challenged in their faith by a professor or co-worker, they just don't know what to say, and doubts creep in.
We need to get down to some serious Bible teaching and apologetics. These kids are hungry and really want to know if what they believe is true and want answers to their questions about spirituality and life. Unfortunately, they just aren't getting it.
A few years ago, I was invited to address a youth group at a friend's church. I started to bring up some deep things about Christianity, and for two straight hours without a break, they fired one question after another about Christianity, other religions, cults and the biblical world view of life.
I also had the privilege of leading a Bible study at a high school for three years. We would meet early in the morning before school started. I was amazed. These kids in both the youth group and Bible study were hungry for the truth.
The "experts" who say we shouldn't bore kids with theology, deep Bible study and apologetics are wrong. Our youth have been entertained to death. It's time we take the risk and challenge them to go deeper in their faith before it's too late.
Let's not lose this generation because we were more interested in numbers and appearing "cool" than in their walk with God.
Pastor Frank Nolton
New Hope Community Church