Today I had the honor of interviewing Arthur Blessitt, the cross-carrying, world traveling, on-fire-for-Jesus evangelist! It was a blast! You need to watch the interview and then go to his Facebook page where you can watch us both carry one of the crosses he's walked around the world! What a fascinating man of God he is!
I am an American citizen. As such, I love, respect and honor my country. But I'm very disillusioned with the not-so-United States right now. Our nation's capitol is characterized more by bi-partisan bickering and stumbling/bumbling Tweets than synergy, energy and game-changing leadership.
It's easy to play the blame game. Liberals blame conservatives for the election of a controversial President. Conservatives blame liberals for the past 8 years of Executive Branch leadership. With all the finger pointing and political posturing it's a wonder anything is getting done at all.
So what's a Christian to do? Do we give up on politics? Do we throw up our hands and say "It's all in God's hands!"? Or should we dive in head first and enter the fray of debate and debacles?
I think there's a better solution than fight or flight!
High school graduation is upon us and, if statistics ring true, then a majority of teenagers who currently claim to be Christians will abandon their faith sometime after the tassel is turned. Some will turn on it and become atheists. Others will put it in a drawer for a later time down the road. Some will have it eroded by hedonism or the Philosophy 101 professor of their secular university.
But it doesn't have to be this way. I'm convinced that graduating seniors can, not only keep their faith after high school, but learn to advance it effectively.
So how can you help get graduating seniors keep (and advance) the faith in those tricky college years? Here are 4 ways:
Last Thursday I crashed a big prayer party. Although I wasn't invited to The National Day of Prayer Observance in Washignton DC (held in The Rotunda of The Capitol Building and livestreamed across the world) I decided to just walk in and see what would happen. I prayed, "God, if it's your will, let me into this thing." And God answered my prayer. Much to my surprise there was no check-in list and I breezed through security like a boss.
I remember having my heart broken as a teenager. As I drove down the street in my 1966 Ford Fairlane I pushed the pedal down and let my 289 V8 powered car accelerate to an unsafe speed. With tears flowing down my cheeks I wondered down deep in my soul how she would feel if I just jerked the steering wheel into the telephone pole just ahead...and died.
My foot came off of the gas pedal and my tears eventually stopped flowing. My accelerated heart beat soon came back down to a normal rate of thumping. But it made me realize, even as a teenager, how a painful situation combined with an impulsive action could destroy a young life in an instant.
1. Teach them to pray. Then put them in a position where they have to (mission trips, evangelistic excursions, spiritual challenges, etc.)
Over three million copies of the novel Thirteen Reasons Why have been sold and the Netflix series is a runaway hit. It's the story of a shy high school student named Clay Jensen, who comes home from school to find a package containing seven cassette tapes. On these tapes, another high schooler named Hannah Baker, details thirteen reasons why she chose to kill herself.
Charles Spurgeon once said that if you want to set a house on fire you should start the fire in the basement...because fire burns upward. He was referring to the strategic nature of reaching the poor and broken of a city with the Good News of the Gospel. Spurgeon contended that as the poor of a city were reached that the fire of the Gospel would burn "upward" to the rest of the city.
1. Refuse to let your kids participate in the "pagan" practice of collecting dyed Easter eggs. Instead lecture them on the dangers of syncretism.