Almost Christian 5

All this week we’ve been looking at issues related to the faith of teenagers, as reported in Kenda Creasy Dean’s book, Almost Christian – What the faith of our teenagers is telling the American Church. She challenges readers to counter the whatever-faith of teens that has been labeled as Moralistic, Therapeutic, Deism, with a faith that she calls consequential. Interviews with teens who evidence this kind of vital, living, and Biblical faith point to the fact that this did not somehow magically happen on its own. Instead, these kids consistently had parents and multi-generational faith communities invest time, energy, and lots of love in them. These people both talked about and showed kids who Christ is calling them to be as he brings them to Himself and then sends them out into the world on his behalf. If we want to see kids grow deep in Jesus Christ, we must pursue that same depth ourselves.