At some point our elders noticed how many students were bagging their faith after high school. By poking around they discovered why (more on that tomorrow), and one of the reasons was subtly referenced last Friday in Joe Morgenstern’s Wall Street Journal review of Where the Wild Things Are:
“ . . . as his pretend power comes up against the reality of dream logic . . . ”
When our students hit the exit ramp from youth group, are they in possession of more than pretend power?
Church people are not stupid. They are not incapable of learning. For the most part, they simply haven’t been taught. No one has challenged them to think a deep thought or read a difficult book. No one has asked them to articulate their faith in biblical and theological categories. We have expected almost nothing out of our young people, so that’s what we get. A couple generations ago 20 year olds were getting married, starting a family, working at a real job or off somewhere fighting Nazis. Today 35 year olds are hanging out on Facebook, looking for direction, and trying to find themselves. We have been coddled when we should have been challenged. [from DeYoung, Restless, and Reformed, 10/22]