Reading this commentary on reaching the 20′s generation in the church today, I had this crazy thought: what if one of the big reasons 20+ year olds drop out of church is because we aren’t idealistic enough? We don’t challenge them enough? We don’t give them a cause worth living for or dying for? What if they see college, sex, entertainment, travel, gaming, etc., as being far more exciting, diverse, and self-fulfilling than anything the church has to offer?
We preach a lot about denying self, but what we don’t preach about as much is what joy, reward, and self-fulfillment there is in taking up the cross and following Jesus. Nothing that the world has to offer actually is self-fulfilling: it’s a lie. The glory of God and the beauty of His handiwork is more exciting, more diverse, and more worthy of extreme passion than rock music, Halo 3, Las Vegas, organic food, degrees, skateboards, or any other thing that Americans worship rather than the One Who created billions upon billions of stars, set the planets in orbit, designed the human brain, and loved each one of us so much that He materialized as a man just like us and died so that we might live forever.
I’m 25. Want to get people like us involved? Give us an idea worthy of our time. Sittin’ in a pew on Sunday morning and listening to another dull “spiritual” sermon or feel-good pop psychology pitch ain’t gonna cut it.