Do Our Teens Truly Follow Jesus?

Josh Cousineau has written an insighful and challenging post for parents and churches. Here’s his introduction: 

In a recent article on CNN online entitled, More Teens Becoming ‘fake’ Christians,  Kenda Creasy Dean has this warning:

Your child is following a “mutant” form of Christianity, and you may be responsible.

Whether you want to believe it or not, she is right. Today many teenagers who claim to be Christians have just become very good at faking it. For many the problem is fixed not by simply addressing the media, sex, drugs, or other outside influences. No, for many it is the church culture and parents of these teens. I am not taking a cheap shot at parents, because they have the hardest job of all, which also means they have the most influence. Yet the problem still remains. For many parents and churched they are simply wanting their children to be good. Being good is fine and well, but the reality is, teens are great at pretending to be good. They know the right things to say to make parents and the church believe they are good when in all reality they are merely faking it all. The article points out that many times the root of the problem can be placed upon both the church and the parents. Saying,

Some adults don’t expect much from youth pastors. They simply want them to keep their children off drugs and away from premarital sex.

Simply addressing moral issues only works to change the outward appearance of the students, it also lends its-self to what Dean calls, fake or mutant Christianity.

Read the rest of the article here.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Kenda Dean wrote a follow up to the CNN interview. It helps clarify some statements that were made by the author.
    http://kendadean.com/307/cnn-response/

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  2. Thanks for the link Mark. And michael thank you for pointing her blog out to me. I have subscribed and am ordering the book from Amazon.

    ~Josh

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