Yesterday at church, we had the recognition of the high school graduates. I watched as 30-some 17 and 18 year old’s walked across the stage as their name was called, received a NIV study Bible, and the youth pastor shared cute anecdotes about each one. Included in this was their thoughts on what they would be doing ten years from now.
Later, as he addressed them collectively, he talked about how faith would play out for each of them. For some, it would become very real. Some, they would stumble a bit, and still other’s… well, they were probably going to walk away from their faith altogether. Do you think any of them had written that down when they were asked about what they would be doing in ten years?
I thought about this a lot. I have heard it said that this happens frequently when our children go off to college because while we have told them what they should believe, we haven’t told them WHY they should believe it. We haven’t helped them establish WHY it is truth.
With those thoughts in mind, I came home yesterday and was browsing some of my favorite blogs. I cruised over to Lysa TerKeurst who had posted about this very thing on Saturday. She had a guest poster by the name of Frank Turek. He co-authored the book, I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist. He is the president of Crossexamined.org. His organization travels to college campuses giving seminars on the truth of Christianity.
The post on Lysa’s blog included a number of video links, most of which I have viewed. To say that this topic struck a chord with me yesterday is an understatement.
I live in a home with one individual who doesn’t buy into the “whole faith thing.” The other one is telling me that sometimes they think “they believe in God and Jesus,” and other times they think “the stories in the Bible are just like any other stories we read.” Discouraging? You bet.
I know that I believe in God and Jesus because I know that I am a sinner saved by grace. I have experienced the power of God working in my life. I have been rescued from the pit more times than I can count, and I know that I know that I know.
I am surrounded by a family of intellectuals who don’t know Jesus as Lord and Savior of their lives. I don’t know how to talk to them because they don’t share my “faith.” They want concrete evidence, and the truth is, I don’t have the words to give it to them. I can share my experiences, and while on the one hand, experience is difficult to refute, on the other hand, it’s also difficult to validate. It’s just that…my experience.
I need to know more about what Frank has to say. I hope that God can use him to help me, and if you are in a situation similar to mine, I hope that God will use him to help you, too. Check them out. Crossexamined.org.