Today Christian teens upset me. Some join a youth group because of a friend or an upcoming trip. This sickens me.
The purpose, in my eyes, of a youth group is to fellowship with one another about Christ. Some do take this to heart, sadly others do not. Another purpose of a youth group is to serve the less fortunate. Dictionary.com defines serve as, “to act as a servant.”
“and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all. ‘For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.’” –Mark 10:44-45
In the modern church today, youth groups became less about Christ and more about fun. Youth pastors have decided to draw kids in by planning fun trips, retreats, etc. There is a method to their madness however. Things that are entertaining draw kids, like me, into the group. Think about it, why did you dream of going to Disney World as a kid? It was entertaining! Pastors plan trips to draw new students in. This works almost 99% of the time. New students roll in and want a trip with no purpose, no message, nothing but absolutely 100% fun. The students eventually get tired of the boring sermons and lengthy worship time.
“For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; He also is to be feared above all gods.” -1 Corinthians 16:25
You should join a youth group to worship our Creator, not for a trip to Holiday World. Worship shouldn’t seem like it is lengthy if you are truly worshiping. If you are bored with the message, you are obviously not listening! I AM guiltily of not taking religion seriously; acting like going to church makes you a better person beside you because they didn’t. Even complaining to friends about how that message bored me out or we sang one too many songs. Just because you are in a youth group or church doesn’t make you a better person, especially if you are asleep. So, wake up Christians and pay attention to the message. Take notes! You may find that you enjoy what your pastor has to say.
The Word of God isn’t always entertaining, but it is always here and true unlike other things on this earth that we constantly entertain ourselves with. Wake up and challenge yourself to listen…