A recent piece from CNN, titled “More Teens becoming ‘fake’ Christians”, is yet another confirmation from “secular” media about what’s wrong with modern day American Evangelicalism.
If you’re the parent of a Christian teenager, Kenda Creasy Dean has this warning:Your child is following a “mutant” form of Christianity, and you may be responsible.
Dean says more American teenagers are embracing what she calls “moralistic therapeutic deism.” Translation: It’s a watered-down faith that portrays God as a “divine therapist” whose chief goal is to boost people’s self-esteem.
Wow!!! Moralistic Therapeutic Deism is now being thrown around as the common problem with Christianity. I wonder if Christan Smith copyrighted the term. Dean also calls it a “mutant” form of Christianity. Strong words!!!
Some adults don’t expect much from youth pastors. They simply want them to keep their children off drugs and away from premarital sex.
Others practice a “gospel of niceness,” where faith is simply doing good and not ruffling feathers. The Christian call to take risks, witness and sacrifice for others is muted, she says.
“If teenagers lack an articulate faith, it may be because the faith we show them is too spineless to merit much in the way of conversation,” wrote Dean, a professor of youth and church culture at Princeton Theological Seminary.
Dean calls out “spineless” faith that doesn’t merit devotion. We seriously need to ask ourselves as parents if we are emulating a fear-based rejectionist view of the world and our mission to it, or if we are passionately engaging all areas of life with Christ, not just the living room. It is not good enough to be “nice”. The world is happy with us being merely nice.
Anyhow, more sobering news to us Evangelicals. We need to get back to “normal” Biblical Christianity, which is very radical and turned the world upside down. Loving our Lord, the sacred Scripture, the family of God, and the mission of God will set us on a right path. Apparently we don’t love Jesus all that much, or prefer a distorted image of who He is, don’t know Scripture, have forsaken what it truly means to be the Church, and turned the mission of God into merely being nice to those around us, taking solace in the mutual niceness and esteem we get from those we are kind to.
Parents, awake!!! Your kids are emulating your phony dispassionate faith and they are adhering to a mutated form of the Gospel. The world is even telling us what’s wrong, which means that it is seriously time to wake up and repent and be the people of God!!!
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