Creating a Learning Network for Kingdom Builders!
This video, recently shared, appears to attempt to reach young folks with the Gospel message:
To me it seemed to miss the target in conveying the Gospel message. Perhaps it has limited appeal - to some from the inner city neighborhoods, of a certain age (like 13-17) and into rap music. But it explains nothing and portrays humans with little dignity, emphasizing how "flawed" we are (it uses the word, "flawed"), a belief which to my knowledge, is greatly limited to some very fundamentalist Christian sects and not a mainstream Christian belief.
Additionally, I find that many young folks want to HAVE the answers, and the proofs for the existence of God as a foundation. Mired in the depravity of the world, and in lives which are devoid of involved adults, they are having a difficult time, seeing the love of God in all of that. Some theories which seem to me, quite viable, state that in order to love God, humans must have experienced human love. The world today seems to be rather short of human love and I think this is one thing which is making it very difficult for young folks to turn to God. So many of the adults around them are living lives of tragedy - how could a kind and loving God create such a world, they ask.
Videos like the "Good News" video do not answer those questions but use a scare tactic to attempt to convert the youth. "Don't ask questions," they seem to be saying, "just know that you will burn in perdition if you do not go through the motions."
But Christianity is so much more than standing in a church ("standing in a church makes a person no more of a Christian than standing in a garage makes a person, a car"). It is giving our lives. Following Jesus means taking up OUR crosses and following Him "Who does not take up their cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me" and it can mean persecution in a world which is rejecting the Message. Why would anyone take such a precarious course - only one reason - because God IS love and because He loves us with a love that we all crave. As one writer put it, "we all have a God sized hole in our hearts which only can be filled by the love of God!"
I feel the following video conveys that message more effectively:
To me, it was more universally appealing and really more accurate about the Message of the Gospel (which means "Good News"). I also do not believe that God made garbage or that we are "flawed" as the "Good News" video seemed to suggest. Believing we are flawed can lead to a loss of the sense of human dignity which leads to terrible sins against humanity like abortion. The second video celebrated the dignity of the human person.
Today's young person is a lot more educated in science than kids in our generation were - they do want answers. They want to see the cosmological proofs for the existence of God because the science they hear about in school (and particularly the so called "theory of evolution") is geared to deny the existence of God and leave all to "chance", a very illogical theory - which few question. If we do not raise those questions in our young people, they will not develop a real relationship with God.
One of my pet peeves (and unfortunately, it's true of my Community as well at least in the mainstream parts) is we are preaching the Gospel the same way we did 50 years ago or if we attempt to conform to today's needs, we do it by bending to the rancid parts of the culture - the rock or rap music etc rather than going for the underlying needs and questions of youth. Rock or rap music is suggesting lower impulses. The "Good News" video looks like the world, dark and dirty but youth seeks beauty - beauty is still here but we must lead our youth to that beauty.
What really reminded me of how low the world has sunken, was the video which followed the "Good News" video. It claims to be a compilation of TV commercials - the commercials appear to come mostly from Germany and the UK although some of the products are American made. If they are really showing those commercials in Europe, it makes me very glad to live in the USA - whatever we are, we are still far from sinking to that level of depravity on TV.
They were just crude and lewd to me but the fact remains, those were closer to what these young folks see daily on TV and in the movies.
Satan is alive and well and if we are to bring in the youth, we must be at least, as clever as the enemy (something Jesus also warned us about in the parable of the wicked servant).