Friday, July 29, 2005

Ignorance is not bliss

So I am speaking at camp this week, at a Jr. High Camp (age 12-14). It has been going pretty good, although its hard to listen and hear these kids lives, just about all of them come from divorced homes, religion or faith or God for that matter is an alien thing to them, the only things they know is Christmas and only as gifts time. So concepts of sin, God’s sacrifice, and life everlasting are very foreign to them. It’s been good trying to teach and explain these significant aspects of life, and more importantly to teach about Jesus and who he was and is. The hard part (one of many) is these youth, have been growing up with filth in their lives and most of that filth is introduced to them through their parents, whether it is movies (I hear some one somewhere, someone named Gil saying: Team America?), crude jokes, and dire attitude about life and many more are a normality of life for them…So although you talk about purity in life and speech and they nod their heads, the next thing they do after chapel is make the crude jokes and comments, and defend their attitudes. One 12 year old was convincing me that American Pie, and Eurotrip movies are “not that bad” their JUST funny. The sad thing is, that this acceptance of sin desensitizes us to this filth and makes us ok with it, and yet don’t we learn in church from young age that no darkness can be in light, and God is light (I John 1-5:10)…The problem is that most of the youth do not grow up going to church and the youth hear concepts over and over, what they don’t see is people materializing these in life. It’s very hard to convince a youth that life is about choices and they need to make the ‘right choices’. But how do you convince them of this when those closest to them, their parents and friends make the same bad choices and justify them…DARKNESS…What we need is more and more youth, adults, children to live in the light, and for the light…The painful part is the more I am out of my Church bubble the more I see things going the other way …I guess that is why it is important that we (believers) must stress in life our faithfulness in our speech and most importnatly in our conduct…I think ( I am thinking lots today) we are used to ‘fast food’ disciplines in our faith, when we truly need is a whole hearty meal in which we are satisfied, and for which we can long each day, the kind of meal that we are so quickly willing to share because it is sooo good. Instead of getting quick fixes here and there…and by doing so not being able to share with anyone else because our discipline allows only for a quick fix for ourselves… our attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus...Why isn't it for so many of US, BELIEVERS...well my head is going to explode, I’m out…