Friday, October 06, 2006

Evangelicals Fear the Loss of Their Teenagers - New York Times

Evangelicals Fear the Loss of Their Teenagers - New York Times And evangelicals are the envy of Catholic youth ministry!
Genuine alarm can be heard from Christian teenagers and youth pastors, who say they cannot compete against a pervasive culture of cynicism about religion, and the casual “hooking up” approach to sex so pervasive on MTV, on Web sites for teenagers and in hip-hop, rap and rock music. Divorced parents and dysfunctional families also lead some teenagers to avoid church entirely or to drift away.

Over and over in interviews, evangelical teenagers said they felt like a tiny, beleaguered minority in their schools and neighborhoods. They said they often felt alone in their struggles to live by their “Biblical values” by avoiding casual sex, risqué music and videos, Internet pornography, alcohol and drugs.

When Eric Soto, 18, transferred from a small charter school to a large public high school in Chicago, he said he was disappointed to find that an extracurricular Bible study attracted only five to eight students. “When we brought food, we thought we could get a better turnout,” he said. They got 12.

Chelsea Dunford, a 17-year old from Canton, Conn., said, “At school I don’t have a lot of friends who are Christians.”

Ms. Dunford spoke late last month as she and her small church youth group were about to join more than 3,400 teenagers in a sports arena at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst for a Christian youth extravaganza and rock concert called Acquire the Fire.

“A lot of my friends are self-proclaimed agnostics or atheists,” said Ms. Dunford, who wears a bracelet with a heart-shaped charm engraved with “tlw,” for “true love waits,” to remind herself of her pledge not to have premarital sex.

1 comment:

William Taylor Sr said...

Jesus said, “Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth UNTO LIFE, and FEW THERE BE THAT FIND IT”.

The way to eternal life is a strait and narrow way. Jesus call to followers of Him is not going to ATTRACT many. This narrow way demands dying to self-daily. A person (teenage or adult) have to repent of ALL sins, believe the gospel invite Jesus in and let the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit transform them into new creatures (Truly Born-Again) and begin being a doer of the words of Jesus Christ not just a hearer of the word.

The many that choose the wide gate and broad way that leads to destruction (eternal hellfire) do so willfully giving way to the evil propensity of their own heart.

Bondservant of the Lord Jesus Christ,
William Taylor Sr.