Friday, April 29, 2011

When Josh McDowell Speaks....


I have a very sincere desire to jump up and
yell my agreement!

hosted a fundraising event at Shady Maple Smorgasbord.
Josh McDowell was the speaker for this event.
I had not heard him live for many years.
I believe the last time was at a Creation Festival
in Mt. Union, Pa.

At that time I was young enough
to be in his targeted audience.
Last evening he chose to speak to 
my generation and older....
so once again he spoke directly 
to me.

His message was one of alarm
and warning.
He related many results of 
surveys taken that show the disconnect
between the generations.
Not your typical eye rolls or youthful 
indifference...no this is something 
completely different.
This is a cultural divide.
One in which most in my generation
and older do not truly grasp how 
far our teens and twenties have gone
from truth.
The acknowledgment that there is one
God and that His Word is 
authoritative and God breathed.
According to his survey results
very few teens and those in their
twenties, within the church
would state that this is truth.

He impressed upon the audience the need
to present truth to this generation in new
ways.  Using apologetics and technology.
I agree with Mr. McDowell on many points.
Given that he was there to raise money for
those working in the area of Apologetics I think
that his points were well made.

However, I am going to depart from his
premise just a bit.
I believe that since the Bible is the 
Word of God
and 
since the Holy Spirit is at work
in the hearts and lives of men,
It is still effective 
with or without the use of 
Apologetics to those whom 
the Spirit is calling.

But back to Mr. McDowell's message.
I do agree that we need to engage our 
children in their spiritual lives early.
Using apologetics is one of the best ways
I can think of to do this. 
It is interesting and compelling.
Statistics he showed last evening said 
that if we don't have the hearts of our children by the 
age of 12 
only 4% will 
come to the Lord later.  
WOW!  
That is sobering.

In a world that is so invested in distorting
the word tolerance to mean that everything
is right and good if it is so to you, 
our young people are confused when we then
say that sin is abhorrent to God.
What God might we be speaking of?
How can we know that there is a God?
If my neighbor thinks there is no God
but I want to believe in Him
how can we both be right?

But our society and even many of our 
churches teach us that love is to be 
accepting of false doctrine.
That, my dear friends,
is not love.
That is deception 
with 
sad, sad consequences.

To say that I was inspired would
be putting it lightly.
I was also encouraged because 
in our church fellowship we are seeking
always to capture the childrens hearts
while they are young.
To involve them in the church.

Pastor Mike uses Apologetics often.
He is very much in tune with 
our youth
and the culture.
I am grateful for an evening that 
confirmed many things for us 
and one that I know was uplifting
for Pastor Mike.

This message is not popular....
however, it is true.
Our access to the internet and 
all the smorgasbord of ideas and 
theologies it has to offer make it even 
harder for parents to remain the primary 
influence in the lives of their children.
We must be aware....
very aware.
We must teach our children well.
How to recognize truth.
I know of no better way than to have
them know the Word of God so that it 
can alert them if they begin to go astray.

Not a bad idea for any of us,
if you think about it.....

Have a blessed day.

8 comments:

Mrs.Rabe said...

Even though we did not go, I say Amen! to your post!

Vee said...

So glad that you shared this with your readers today. I also appreciated what you had to say about the limits of apologetics. It is wonderful to have an answer when asked or when the Holy Spirit prompts and that is the extent of apologetics...a tool. It doesn't stand in for the Word of God or the power of His Holy Spirit.

I once attended a conference where Josh McDowell spoke on marriage. He was a new groom at the time and I found his comments enlightening. Interesting connection that with today's events. :D

~PJ said...

OK. First. I've been to that smorgassboard and wowee, that's a lot of food! LOL

Second. (but much more important) I was blessed to grow up in the church, to go to a Christian high school, to be surrounded by Christian influence. However, unfortunatley religion became jaded to me as I watched my so called "elders" speak the words and not live the life.

I walked away, I wanted nothing to do with that lifestyle.

I didn't want to be a hypocrite.

However as I got older I felt that call back, in my heart, that gentle pull back to church. I know a lot of people my age in similar situations.

Apologetics is a great tool, but I think more important than Apologetics is being an example for our youth, by living Godly lives.

"The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians, who acknowledge Jesus with their lips?
and walk out the door, and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable."-Brennan Manning

Teach me to stand up for my faith, but before you do that teach me how to live my faith so that I have something worth defending.

Becky K. said...

That was so well said, my dear cousin and friend!!!

I think that there comes a time when we realize that our relationship with God is exactly that....between us and Him. What others do or say about it impacts, but is not a part, of our personal relationship. Sometimes I see the need for people to separate long enough to really know that it is not a habit but a true relationship.

It makes me so happy to watch your relationship with Jesus blossoming. I know He loves you and you love Him.

Elena said...

I agree whole heartedly! My heart is greived of the loss of truth amoungst our teens and kids in their twenties even in the churches. I heard a statistic from our Sunday School director that 40% of the Babyboomers are Christians and only 4% are Christians amoungst the children of the Babyboomers. That saddened my heart.

Andrea said...

Blessings and prayers,
andrea

Theresa said...

What a wonderful speaker! I would love to hear him someday in person! Have a blessed day my friend! HUGS!

blessedmom's simple home said...

Wonderful post. I just pulled out his book "More Than a Carpenter" the other day, so I could read it again.
Enjoy your weekend!
Blessings,
Marcia