More to think about for this weekend
“Dad, I’m not sure I believe in God anymore”
— by Frank Turek
My friend never thought he would hear those words. After all, he’s a well-known pastor with a large church and an international ministry. Yet, after just one year of college, his own daughter doubted nearly everything he tried to instill in her for eighteen years. “I now realize that I didn’t do a good job showing her why Christianity is true,” he told me. “Now, it might be too late.”
He’s not the only parent or pastor who’s failed to provide sound answers to young people. There are plenty of examples:
- Anna, a pastor’s daughter, became an agnostic at UNC Chapel Hill.
- Steve, son of a famous Christian, renounced biblical morality at Elon.
- John, a high school worker for Campus Crusade, became an atheist after reading a Richard Dawkins’ book on atheism.
In fact, the problem is at epidemic levels — 75% of young adults raised in a Christian home leave the church after they leave the home. Think about that — on average, three out of every four kids attending your youth group won’t be attending any church a few years from now.
Published on Sunday, September 19, 2010 @ 5:42 AM CDT