June 27, 2012


     Many young people today are confused about the real nature of Christianity.  They are rejecting the outward manifestations of Christianity without knowing its inward reality.  Their reasons for rejecting Christianity seem to them to be legitimate.  They are saying things like: “Most Christians feel like they have to be perfect all the time.”  “Christianity is just a lot of negative rules against drinking, smoking, sex and materialism.”  “It’s boring to spend time in church where you can’t talk to others and where they scold us if we text messages to our friends during what they call a ‘worship service’.”

When I hear such superficial excuses I ask myself, “Where are they coming from?”  Could it be that their main objection to church is that it cuts down on the time they have to watch TV or play computer games?  Are they just living for fun and games without giving any serious consideration to the real issues of life?  What would happen in the event of an electro-magnetic attack that wiped out everything electronic?  It would make a serious problem for all of us, but it would devastate most of our young people.  No doubt most young people would say, “I won’t worry about that problem until it happens.”

The concept of Christianity that altogether too many people have is that it’s just a life style.  It’s a list of does and don’ts.  The truth is that Christianity is a wonderful, exciting satisfying personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  That relationship changes our life style.  If we try to adapt to the life style without the relationship it’s nothing more than an empty boring religion.  Young people are judging Christianity by looking at the life style without taking into consideration the relationship.

Could it be that we are failing to communicate the essence of what Christianity is all about?  Genuine Christianity gives us purpose for living.  It gives direction and meaning to life.  It gives fortitude and strength to resist temptation.  It gives consolation in times of tribulation.

The modern young people’s objections to Christianity are extremely superficial to the genuine |Christian.  I have been around Christians for over 50 years and I don’t recall ever meeting one who thought he had to be perfect all the time.  They aren’t limited by a set of rules.  Knowing that sin has undesirable consequences has some impact on them, but, for the most part, they live to please God.  They go to church regularly because they have a hunger for a deeper knowledge of the Bible.  Another reason they have for attending church is because they enjoy being with other Christians.  The church, for them, is like another family that meets their needs.

There is a movement today that promotes a personal Christianity.  They put the emphasis on the relationship with   Jesus Christ, but they reject the church.  In so doing, they are leaving out a very vital element in Biblical Christianity.  God knows that we need what the local church has to offer.  They are also rejecting what the Bible teaches about the church.  The motive behind the movement may very well be that they want to live their life the way they want to without having to answer to anyone.  The local church helps to nurture us and keep us on track.  We need that.  I Timothy 3:15 says “But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.”

What’s your concept of Christianity?  If you haven’t entered into that personal relationship with Jesus Christ, then you don’t have genuine Christianity.  It all starts by coming to God as a repentant sinner and asking for his forgiveness and that he accept you as one of his children.  John 1:12 says “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”

Maybe you have entered into that relationship but you have let it grow cold.  You don’t need to be saved again.  It’s just a matter of asking God to forgive you and restore unto you the joy of salvation.  Psalm 51:12 says “Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free Spirit.”

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