Now that the first season of MTV's "Skins" has ended, maybe we can look back with a little bit of perspective. Was it really the most important thing we needed to be worrying about when it comes to our teens?
From my most recent column at the Patheos site:
Perhaps it is easier to focus on these hot button issues than it is to engage teens around the real problems in the world. Recently I attended a lecture by Jesus scholar Marcus Borg in which he suggested that if there were a devil, he'd love to see the Church preoccupy itself with trivial issues while the rest of the world "goes to hell." Borg was speaking slightly tongue-in-cheek but his meaning was clear: far too often in the Church we turn our attention to things that have nothing to do with the core values of the gospel.
What do you think? How much time should we spend trying to warn our youth about the dangers of popular culture that linger behind every corner? In a world of massive economic disparity, constant warring, chronic food shortages, racism, heterosexism, sinful healthcare inequities, human trafficking, and systemic poverty, might our time be better spent turning our teens' attention to the real issues that connect with the gospel message? You can read the rest of my thoughts here. I welcome your reactions.