I sat in church recently- a church I have attended from the time I was a girl- and I looked around and wondered “Where are all the people who were in my age-group coming up?”
I can count the number of us that remain in church on one hand….
And so I ask “Where did the church go wrong?”
And I am not asking about some abstract notion of “church” in which we look at pastors, elders, church leaders.
No! I am asking about where did the church…
– made up of the parents of these same children…
– made up of friends of these same children…
-made up of loved ones of these same children…
– made up of spiritual fathers and mothers of these same children…
Where did this church go wrong?
I look back at the myriad of programs, camps, youth groups, social events, hikes, that the church had and still those children who were my peers are still missing.
And I wonder. Did we give them what they needed which was the un-clouded, straight, pure gospel? Or did we give them the watered down, hypocritical, works based, better than you because I don’t do certain things, or live a certain place gospel?
And we know this is not the gospel, but rather “another gospel, which is not another” but rather lies. Straight from the father of lies himself, which is designed to block out the light of Christ from lost souls.
Is this what happened in this church that I grew up in?
And as I look at my children I ask myself “Am I doing just this with my own children? Am I reaching out to other children, showing them the true gospel which leads to salvation?”
How can I if I have not found it? How can I show them something that I do not know?
How can I reflect to them a light that does not shine on me?
And now I wonder if the reason that there are so few persons from my age-group in this church, is because parents, loved ones, friends, mothers and fathers in church were not themselves converted, but just playing church?
And now I sit here, burdened with the thought that there is a generation under me and how will it turn out? Will this generation, in which my children will grow up suffer the same fate?
I pray to God that He comes in and reigns in my life always, that I can have His gospel and share it with everyone, and that my children will know the Lord because they see Him in me!