Currently there is a conference convening in Atlanta, Georgia that consists of roughly 60,000 college-age students from all over the United States. The stated goal of the conference is to end slavery, in all of its forms, all over the globe.
Truth be told, this is a good goal. Motivating the most dynamic age group in our country and mobilizing them as a force for good is a brilliant feat. But what is more amazing is the redefinition of Christianity that is currently going on. Attending this conference form all over the United States, are young men and women from many different denominations united for the cause of Christ. There is no talk of Methodism, Catholicism, or Baptist Doctrine. Its simply 60,000 students, give or take, united in Jesus name. This redefinition is significant because it is this generation that will become the future leaders of our churches, our nation, and our world. If they are actively reevaluating what they believe, why they believe it, and how to properly execute their belief system through their actions and decisions in society, it will drastically change the image of the church in America. It will change how we view outreach, community involvement, as well as how we treat visitors who visit our churches.
Denominational devisions in our churches function just like partisanship in Washington. It doesn’t. It doesn’t allow for cooperation, and it prevents collaboration between churches who independently work to impact a community. Coming from the viewpoint of living in the only state in America where three of the top five citys for crime are incorporated, there is a obvious practical application in daily life. The snag is, trying to reach out to others, invite others in, and be the light that I believe the Bible, as well as Jesus Christ himself talk about, without alienating the older members of the congregation. How do we, as the self-described Jesus Generation, redefine our faith in our churches without excluding the older members? Comments are welcome, because I have not yet found a satisfiable answer.
I know that no matter what happens, there are people my age and younger who hunger for a faith that is real. Not a rule book, not a dogma, but a relationship and a faith that they can hang their lives on. Something that is genuine, not a religion. And something that they can take root and grow deep in. Its an exciting time. I won’t always post things of this variety and length, this is simply a subject that I have been pondering for some time.