Christian Case Makers: Young People Ought to Be Our Jury
by J Warner Wallace
Yesterday I had the honor of speaking to youth pastors at the RETHINK Apologetics Conference luncheon. We hosted the gathering in advance of the event being held here in Southern California on October 25th-26th, 2013 (Stand to Reason is also offering the conference in Alabama on October 11th-12th). Brett Kunkle, Alan Shlemon and I have been engaging youth groups for some time now at STR. This series of conferences provide the opportunity to reach hundreds of young people in a single setting, so it was a pleasure to address local youth pastors interested in learning more about the events. As I looked around the room, it struck me that these leaders were doing the most important work in the church. As Christian case makers, we ought to join them and realize that young people are our most critical and important audience.
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Young People Are the Most Culturally Engaged
If you’re reading this and you’re a parent over 35, I bet I can ask you a number of questions related to the culture that will challenge you. What’s the most popular video on YouTube? What’s the most popular set of lyrics on the iTunes Top 20? What’s the most popular series on HULU or Netflix? More importantly, what are the messages that these media sources are conveying to the culture? While adults are often too consumed by their responsibilities and the steady rhythm of their lives to pay attention to the daily twists and turns of the culture, young people are listening. They get it, even when we don’t. To make matters worse, they’re using technology to consume this steady cultural smorgasbord. I bet you’re not texting, Snapchatting, or Instagramming at the rate your kids are. While older folks are just getting comfortable with Facebook, young people are already moving on to the next greatest technological phenomena. The culture targets young people like no other group, and young Christians are technologically savvy enough to devour what is being offered…
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