I am concerned about a bad direction I see in many churches. There is an obsession with “being relevant”. And they are so preoccupied with this that some of them seem willing to throw overboard or simply sweep under the carpet some things the Bible says. Why? To make the church more appealing to unbelievers. They equate relevant with being appealing.
I read in the recent Christian Standard where Ravi Zacharias said one of his colleagues said, “It is truth that gives relevance to relevance. Without the truth, relevance is irrelevant.” He said, “In our attempt to become relevant, we have lost so much of the truth.”
Do you agree or disagree? I agree.
I am perplexed about the number of college age adults leaving the church across our nation. One of the reasons is they are bombarded with information at college which attacks the foundations of their faith and they’re not sure how to defend what they believe. To be sure, some of them go to college already unsure of some things. Then, college begins. They experience the appeal of the flesh and good times and some freedom. When those lures are combined with the idea that “Maybe God doesn’t exist after all” they cast off all restraint and plunge into the pleasures of the world.
We need to ground them with good reasons for their faith. I also believe it is important for ALL of us to know this. 1 Peter 3:15 says to always be prepared to give a reason to anyone who asks for the reason for the hope that you have. This Sunday we will begin another series “What We Believe and Why”. We will begin by talking about “The Existence of God.”