I should be more burdened than I am right now. I witnessed the state of our future first hand Sunday night. We have lost our grasp on the gospel. There is an entire generation of "Christians" who do not understand and thus cannot believe the gospel. Let me tell you what happened so that you can have a context for what I am saying:
At my church Sunday night, we hosted a youth choir festival for all the area youth choirs. About 150 students participated (none of mine). Since I am the youth minister, they asked me to deliver a short devotional as the students were eating to help prepare them for the evening. I decided to preach the gospel and tell what God was doing in my student ministry in helping students understand and believe the gospel. I asked, "Who is confident enough in your understanding of the gospel to stand up right now and tell us in just a few sentences the essence of the gospel?" I had no intention of actually asking someone to do that, I just wanted to see how many were that confident. Honestly, I figured about half of the hands would go up. Much to my surprise, only about 3 or 4 students raised their hands and some of those only because their friends were prodding them. I was shocked.
Now, I know the question may have been intimidating to many teenagers. They would never think about standing in front of their peers to say anything, much less talk about God. I am confident that if given the opportunity to talk with me one on one, some of them would have been able to articulate the gospel. However, this rough survey says something about the state of the church today. THINK ON THIS: It is possible to attend church regularly for years and never be challenged to understand and believe the gospel. Tragic.
It is not the students' fault (mainly). It is my fault. It is your fault.
I think it is only going to change when we admit to God and to the students that we have failed and we intend to change.
Your thoughts on this would help me greatly.