October 2009 - Vol. 33
Do you believe:
1% 9% 27% 40%How about among youth aged 18-23? What percent believe all six of these statements of faith?
1% 9% 27% 40%Americans overwhelmingly believe in God. Most polls put the number of believers at 85% or more. Less than half of the believers believe enough to show up in church on Sunday. (40% of Americans go to church weekly, this has been the case for nearly 200 years.)
The change that is happening is not in church attendance. It is in what the churchgoers believe and how they behave.
One temptation is to surrender, to throw up our hands and say it is hopeless. There is another option and that is to recognize that we have been put here by the Lord at exactly this time because he intends for us to make a difference. Our call and the call on our youth is for exactly this age and exactly these times. We are here for a purpose, and part of that purpose is to believe the truth and stand for it in an age of unbelief and apostasy. Like Queen Esther, a Jewish woman of faith and courage who risked her life before the Persian King in order to intervene and spare her people, we were born “for such a time as this” (Book of Esther, Chapter 8)!
[Mike Shaughnessy is an elder in The Servants of the Word and the Director of Kairos in North America. Kairos is an international federation of outreaches to high school, university and post university aged people.].
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