Tuesday, November 07, 2006

    The Questions...

    I was talking a week or so ago with Josh, one of the talented and devoted adult leaders of our youth program. It was shortly after seeing "Jesus Camp" and I was commenting that one thing that distinguishes fundamentalist evangelical teens from our teens is that the evangelical youth really know what they "believe." Those "jesus camp" kids can tell you exactly what they think about God, sin, the afterlife, salvation, etc. Our youth, on the other hand, probably couldn't really articulate any definite thinking on those subjects. Josh's response: "I'm not sure a teenager should be able to give you a definite answer about those things." Though a part of me wants to provide youth with a basic set of Christian fundamentals, a greater part of me agrees with Josh. Teenagers don't necessarily need answers about faith. Rather, they need to be shown how to asks lots and lots of questions. And, just as importantly, they need a safe space in which to ask them.