Thursday, September 20, 2012

Salvation and Reward Points

      Photo by Charles Leck

Results of a study in Canada (“Hemorrhaging Faith”) show that young people are leaving churches in significant numbers. The same thing is happening in America and will happen in more extreme numbers in the future.
by Charlie Leck

If this subject matter is of interest to you, I urge you to take a look at this short article on the Out of Ur blog.

Frankly, I don’t believe in the solution the blog proposes… (“it seems that church-based solutions to retaining young adults will not be enough. We must have a more robust effort to engage whole households, and the best way to retain future generations is to ensure their parents have a vibrant, positive connection to Christ themselves”).

That sounds good – “a vibrant, positive connection to Christ” – doesn’t it? Yet, I think the church is missing the connection young people and middle aged people really want and that is relevance! People slip away from the church because they don’t see relevance anymore. What has this Christ to do with the world as it is? People want, more than anything, to deal with that question? Sadly, there is a solid and meaningful answer to that question, but the church won’t wrestle with it.

There’s still too much talk of salvation and reward points! To young people, that’s taking and getting! The young are much more interested in giving, healing and sharing.

“Take away from me the noise of your songs; to the melody of your harps I will not listen; but let justice roll down like waters and righteousness as a mighty stream!” [Amos 5:23]

I really mean it!

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