Look around the local Christian elementary school or church youth group in your neighborhood. By the time these kids get a couple of years into college, more than 7 out of 10 of them will leave the church completely. (According to a new survey by LifeWay Research) Although as many as 35% may eventually return, significant numbers of young people are turning away from church as they reach the age of consent.
Here is a YouTube video that gives voice to what many young people are thinking…
In our book, The Color of Rain, I talked about my own faith walk when I left the church around the time I left my parent’s house. It wasn’t that I didn’t believe in God. I did. It was more that I didn’t believe in religion, or The Church. As I wrote in the book, “I’ve always believed in Him. I’ve never believed in them.” Our collective cynicism regarding the weaknesses of men (and women) running our churches has lead us away from God and his word. That is a shame.
The folks at Fuller Youth Institute have developed an interesting program called Sticky Faith designed to develop faith that “sticks” to young people as they mature and come face to face with the challenges of college and beyond.
On tomorrow’s show (1/14/12) Gina and I welcome to our program Kara Powell, author of the book ‘Sticky Faith’. WLQV-AM 1500 in Detroit or listen on the Internet at www.FaithTalk1500.com.
To call in tomorrow and ask Kara a question… (866) 423-9578