Reprinted from the November 2013 issue of “Gospel Advocate” Magazine.
Let’s not start off by reciting numbers, statistics, studies or polls. We can see for ourselves that in the church today we have some serious challenges facing our youth. We will address a couple of those challenges and offer some possible solutions.
“Where have they gone?” “Why did they stop coming?” These questions are asked over and over when we see an alarming number of teens, after graduation, no longer attend services. I can offer a couple of answers (by no means ALL the answers).
Hypocrisy in the Church
One reason young people give for leaving the church is hypocrisy. I have heard it explained as being “bilingual” – not in the sense that people speak two languages but that people speak one way on Sunday and a different way the rest of the week. Young people are very perceptive; they see and understand if you are not “walking the walk.”
Fathers, if you are going to bring your children up in the “nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4 kjv), then you need to be in the “nurture and admonition of the Lord.” The Bible is very clear about how we should conduct ourselves in our words, deeds and feelings. Christ left us an example to follow (1 Peter 2:21), and as parents, we in turn should leave that same godly example for our children to follow.