Young music fans listen to a band at the Alive Festival 2005, a three-day Christian music event that draws about 20,000 people a day. (Photo by Melissa Carl)
Dec. 15, 2005 ‚ÄĒ An Alabama church holds a "Fear Factor" youth ministry event, where teens swallow goldfish and try to escape a locked coffin to learn how to overcome fear in their lives. Actor Stephen Baldwin sheds his bad-boy image, finds God, and starts a group called Livin' It, which encourages young people to skateboard for the Lord. Dozens of Christian rock festivals across the country draw millions of revelers to events that rival the bawdy Lollapolooza.
Since when did being a Christian teen become so cool?
"The day of the Christian kid being viewed as a nerd are long gone," said Bill Graening, the director of the Alive Festival, a three-day Christian music festival held each summer in Ohio that draws up to 20,000 people a day.
At least 80 percent of U.S. teens between the ages of 13 and 17 identify themselves as religious, with the majority identifying as Christian, according to the...
While I was at a Christian bookstore, I noticed many "teen" Bibles entitled "Extreme." This is the hot adjective of the day, guaranteed to attract teens, just like the older "cool." Also, Intel has "Extreme" graphics controllers, GM marketed "Extreme" pickups, there are "extreme" sports, etc., so it's also a good hook for men too jaded or immature, apparently, for more mundane terms.
Funny thing is though, "extremism" in religious matters is considered bad! Evidently, it's OK to be "extreme" about worldly things.
IMHO, low expectations for young people is THE social problem of our day, in or out of the church. They are not expected to grow up.
Some of you are the reason why our youth are not wanting to come to church. If half of you were truly born again and active in your churches you would know that Jesus went to find those that were lost, hurting and dying. Much like the woman at the well, instead of condeming her, he simply talked with her and she ended up becoming one of the first missionaries. Sure, not all youth who go to church may be born again to begin with, or may not come for the right reason. However there are a greater percentage who do come and worship their faces off to their creator and have a deeper and greater love for God than most shallow adults who say one thing and then do another. If adults had fulfilled the great commission like they were supposed to have years ago then God would have already returned. Now our youth are taking up the slack for the adults who cry and moan and whine. Some of you adults need to go to a youth service at your church and find God for yourself before you judge the kids!
its truly sad to see the concept of christianity todays world has, but considering the gospel has been so watered down and made world friendly its really not hard to understand.the way of the cross is neither easy or popular ,sounds like these teens have been grossly mislead ,probably by an unconverted adult. this is not sour grapes ,but it gripes me to see and hear what passes for the gospel.
As strange as this may sound, a good dose of puritan preaching will do wonders for our youth. One of the many elements that is left out of this new evangelical preaching today is the holiness of God and the sinfulness of man. They leave out repentence, separation and personal holiness.
God predestined us to be conformed into the image of Jesus Christ, not the other way around. We were lost in sin and degradation when Jesus found us. We were as lost sheep gone astray when Jesus came to seek and to save that which was lost. He called us and we heard his voice to return back into the fold.
That's good Sheena! May I suggest also a large part of the responsibility for these worldly activities must fall on the adults that organise and promote the activities and the youths parents who apparently go along with it all.
Let us hope and pray that these young people will go on to realise a concrete work of God in their souls and not be led further astray. If they are indeed genuine I'm sure God will build on that.
I agree that there are many youth who do not know Jesus Christ as their personal savior and may be going with their friends to these events to fit in or have something to do other than secular events on a weekend. I do not believe, however, that all youth shoudld be labelled as ignorant of the gospel, choosing music over the bread of life. I do not believe this is a fair or unbiased opinion of youth today. I know many youth who are hungry for the Lord, commmitting many hours privately and publically to prayer, bible readings and devotions. Its not all about tongues, excitement or a "cool" god but about gratitude to a father and saviour who gave his life for us freely.
A large part of the generation gap is disillusioned youth, misguided, following everything but the Lord. They are foolish in many things, lacking guidance and obeying the flesh, not the spirit. I do believe, however, that in Jesus, all things are possible and with proper support in the Church from the elders, these same "wayward" youth could come to an understanding of what it is to be a child of God. Please understand I do not intend to point fingers or hurt others on this thread with my comments. I simply believe that there are youth who are in the fold and have a desire for that personal relationship.
I wonder if these young people would turn up for three days of preaching the gospel. They will go to great lengths to hear music and bands that mimic the world,but ask them to a preaching meeting,and they will tell you thats old fashioned,ask them along to a prayer meeting without tounges and wonders,and they will tell you we want excitement. This is just an other rock festival to make big money of the kids who know no better,