“No one wants to talk about God,” he says, and something in my heart breaks both for him and the world into which he was born. In a culture obsessed with knowing the latest celebrity gossip, taking the perfect selfie, and living in the moment instead of for the future, it’s no wonder that Jesus is a tough topic transition for his twenty-something crowd.
Intellectual by nature, I know he can discuss theology with insight and intelligence, but I worry that this floundering in the shallow end of the conversational pool reflects the current depth of his thoughts and relationship with God.
Does he see Jesus as real and alive, an ever-present companion? Putting Him to the side is like leaving your best friend in the corner.
You can articulate your faith as the greatest theologian, but it means nothing if it’s only head knowledge and not heart knowledge.
A deeper discussion reveals the truth: his faith remains sound, but many of his friends have little. It’s a fine line to be in the world but not of it, even harder to walk when you’re young and the pressures weigh.
Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
– 1 Corinthians 15:33
In the book of Acts, the apostles spread the Gospel in the face of constant threat and pressure to just shut up and move on. They got mixed reactions wherever they preached: some embraced truth but some rejected it, and rejected it violently.
Talking about Jesus has never been popular in some corners.
Whether popular or not, may we speak as Peter and John, who would not be silenced.
And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.
For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.
– Acts 4:17:20 (emphasis mine)
The apostles lived and served with the fervor of ones fresh from the face of God, witnesses to the personal ministry of Jesus Christ, but we, too, can testify of His mercies in our lives.
Has He healed your marriage?
Saved you from abuse or addiction?
Protected your children?
Spared you from physical harm?
Stood beside you when no one else would?
“Honestly, it might be time to evaluate the crowd you hang with . . .” I say to him, knowing the words might sound harsh. “They may be harder to find, but there are people your age that you can have deeper conversations with. Conversations about your faith. I know it.”
It requires planning to put yourself in places with people who feed instead of divert you.
Don’t deny Him and His presence in your life or let the society you keep dilute your conscience. You can’t put Jesus in a box. There are people in this world who really do want to talk about God. Let them be your people.
by Dawn Camp, My Home Sweet Home