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by Alan Anderson
In a modern youth ministry culture, it’s sometimes hard to talk about difficult controversial topics such as abortion and same-sex relationships (SSR). Political correctness is running amok and many within the church have been affected by its pervasive control on the way we express ourselves. Young churchgoers aren’t immune to the secular influences this culture is rapidly propagating. Today’s generation of young adults are falling victim to secularism at a greater rate than any previous generation in the United States over the last century. Secularism is widely spreading throughout all facets of society, including the Christian church. Sadly, our culture is becoming desensitized to the reality of abortion and SSR, and is oftentimes celebrated (even among certain Christian communities). Does this reality have an implication on young Christians and their future walk with Christ? Absolutely and we should strive to mitigate the negative impacts these influences are having on our young adult Christians.
Many young Christians are looking to forcefully align secular ideas with their Christian worldview because the culture demands a devout affirmation of these ideas by projecting Christians as an intolerant, narrow-minded, bigots if they don’t gleefully embrace secularism. For a young adult, there is an enormous amount of pressure from society to think that the things of this world are better than the things of God. This explains why young Christians compromise their principles to reflect a more secular ideology so that they may better fit in with a culture that largely doesn’t celebrate Christianity.
It’s difficult enough to have a secular society influence young Christians but what about when secular ideas infiltrate the church and weave into the fabric of church cultures undetectably? This is the motive of certain organizations which proclaim to represent Christianity but were designed to infiltrate the church with these earthly ideas and influence Christians to accept and celebrate these ways of secular thinking…
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