Youth Need Apologetics
by Dustin Huguet
I remember taking a couple youth out for lunch one day, as I had not seen them for a while, and just wanted an opportunity to reconnect. Although it was an enjoyable experience just to be able to sit and catch up on life, I was there for more than a casual visit; I wanted to understand the reason behind the lengthy departure from our youth group.
As I subtly probed them with questions, I was greeted with a few outstanding thoughts that they presented concerning not just their own Christian walk, but Christianity in general. They began to describe for me situations they found themselves in at school where they were questioned on what they believed. Unable to find sufficient answers to not only subdue the attackers with their hostile questions, but also convince themselves of what they believed, they soon found themselves discouraged about their faith.
“These youth were not only unaware
that it is reasonable to believe in God,
but they were convinced it was more
reasonable not to.“
They admittedly suggested that they had to believe “blindly” in God, and that there is so much more “proof” against the existence of God. This was hard for me to hear coming from two dedicated youth. The feeling, however, only intensified when I realized that most of the youth in my group had adopted the same belief.
Although this is my personal experience with youth in my own group, I do not believe it would be too bold to suggest that this situation exists in youth groups and schools everywhere. I believe that youth are constantly being challenged in their schools, not just by their peers, but also by their teachers…
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