In just a few hours about 175 people, mostly teenagers, will be piling into the auditorium. They won’t be gathering for a concert, a sporting event, or a movie. They won’t be cramming together strictly for entertainment or amusement. These teens are gathering because they are looking to deepen their faith. And what an awesome thing this is!
Over the course of the last several months, we’ve surveyed teens across the country, asking them what types of spiritual questions and topics they have been wrestling with and wondering about. Over 130 unique answers have come in, giving us a fairly solid insight into the mind of our teenagers today.
We’ve been thinking, praying, and analyzing these questions. While there has been a lot of challenges in figuring out how to address so many questions, particularly for our speaker, there have been some glimmers of light that have emerged. Specifically, it has shown us some praiseworthy aspects about our Christian teenagers.
- Today’s Teens Are Spiritually Minded. Most teenagers today are intensely focused on the world and are typically disengaged with the spiritual. Not these teens. There are hundreds of other places they could be and thousands of other activities they could be participating in. They’ve chosen to come here to this youth rally, to grow spiritual, and to set their minds on things above (Colossians 3:2). They should be praised for this.
- Today’s Teens Are Spiritually Curious. The Bible is a treasure trove of knowledge and wisdom. It reveals mysteries and provides all of the most eternally significant answers to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). The youth today are curious about these answers. They are looking for spiritual direction and guidance. Thankfully, we know right where the answers are – God’s Word (2 Timothy 3:16-17). They are to be commended for this healthy curiosity.
- Today’s Teens Are Spiritually Seeking. With the discouragement swirling in our society, and the confusion our culture brings to religion and politics, teenagers today remain steadfast. They haven’t given up on finding the answers. They haven’t thrown “postmodernism hands” up in defeat and blindly accepted everyone’s worldview. The teens have tasted truth, know there is truth and are seeking for the truth. God is eager to answer the door to those who are knocking for the truth (Matthew 7:7-8). They should be extolled for such an attitude.
An open, seeking, curious heart for the Lord is going to lead to great things. Our Christian teens display these qualities, and they deserved to be praised for them. But let’s also act on this. Since they have questions, let’s make sure we give them an outlet to voice their question. And most importantly, let’s make sure we go to God’s word to provide the answers.