A tour through Redeemer’s library reveals why many young people today see the Church as outdated and irrelevant. Filled with materials about faith and science dating back to the 1950’s (before many Millennials’ parents were even born), it is a somber illustration of why the Church has trouble connecting with young people today.
In the story of the Good Samaritan, Jesus showed that genuine love includes meeting people where they are. If today’s youth are very aware of the tension between science and faith, the Church owes it to them and the Savior to reach out to them in familiar terms. Instead of retreating into the pews and expecting young people to go out of their way to come to us, Christians need to be out on the streets, so to speak, lifting up those who are struggling to make sense of life.
The only way wounded and wayward souls will feel the healing touch of Christ’s love and grow in a wholesome understanding of self is by being taught the timeless Truth. God created us and everything we see. He loves us enough to take-up our sinful brokenness by suffering with us and for us. He restores us by giving us forgiveness and faith to know the truth about ourselves and the Truth about Him.
Those who already know the Truth, transformed by the Truth reach out with the Truth—that’s easy because this is God’s work in us. The more difficult part of this task is doing so in LOVE. Possibly the most difficult is doing so in a way that makes sense to people who have an entirely different way of looking at the world than we do. We can reach out in a way that makes sense to others because God has shown us how by reaching us with His love. He has given us His Holy Spirit to reach others in spite of ourselves.
I have learned how God can use me in spite of myself first hand. It is both humbling and empowering to be used by God to reach others with His love. For my part, I’m trying to do a better job of reaching out because God has shown me how important it is for me to step out of my comfort zone and reach out online. Learning from missed opportunities, it’s the least I can do for the One who has done everything possible to bless me with life and salvation by teaching me the Truth.
“Thomas said to him, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him’” (John 14:5-7 ESV).
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