With growing concern, I find myself distressed with today’s youth who appear unable to defend their faith. Living on a University campus, i.e., the University of the South, I encounter young adults daily. As often as I can, I try to engage them verbally and philosophically. Frequently, I hear these young adults unable to defend a Christian life philosophy. This is happening across our nation, and adults sit idly by when our Christian values are attacked.
In addition to our Christian values being attacked, at the same time, our life values are attacked in the mainstream of life. The gatekeepers of our culture, such as teachers and others, worry the students can’t handle such topics as abortion and related items. The gatekeepers are wrong. Despite politically correct workplaces, Christians must be faithful.
When engaged with youth about ‘life’s values,’ I get a lot of, “I am Baptist, I am a Church of Christ, I am Catholic. However, upon discussing beliefs embraced by the individual, I have found they cannot defend their faith with scriptural or life values from a Christian viewpoint.
As the gatekeepers of the future, we must equip our children and others to respond accordingly when our faith and values come under attack or a different viewpoint is presented that is the antagonist to ours.
If your church has not offered a course in Christian Apologetics for adults and young people, I encourage you to make it a part of every person’s Bible studies. Please do not ‘preach’ a sermon on the topic. This should be integrated into your ministry and teaching program and practiced as a laboratory of ‘doing.’ Despite politically correct workplaces, Christians must be faithful and able to defend their faith.
Christians will not be overcome by the darkness because they belong to the One who is the Light of the World.