Bless The Youth of Today. There is Hope for the Future
Welcome to Christian Charity World as we look at the subject of youth.
Don't let the excitement of youth cause you to forget your Creator. Honor him in your youth before you grow old and say, "Life is not pleasant anymore."
George Bernard Shaw once said that “youth is wasted on the young”. It is unfortunate that the youth of today seem very often to get “bad press”. During the riots of the summer of 2011 in England it was the youth that appeared to be going on the rampage, looting and vandalizing all in their path. In a society that seems to be dominated by drugs, it is the young that get targeted as the easy prey for drug dealers and then create headlines when things go out of control.
Throughout life we are constantly learning but granted the youngsters of today may still have a lot to learn. But there are many millions of youths and teenagers who take life seriously and responsibly and are a credit to the community. I remember when I was in my late teens going on a coach trip to the Epsom Derby where gambling and alcohol was the order of the day. Unfortunately there was some trouble and fisticuffs on the day but it all came from the so called older generation with the younger ones in the group trying to restore order.
The Monday of the Easter period I attended the Easter Monday Youth Pilgrimage at Canterbury Cathedral. What a credit the young people were to Christianity. These youths had walked varying distances to be at the service, some having taking two days to arrive with an overnight stay along the way. Yet at the service they were vibrant and energetic and fully devoted to worship. The style of worship was very lively and free spirited but one could definitely sense the presence of The Lord as songs were sung and prayers were offered with such amazing passion. This type of worship, with music lead by guitars and drums as opposed to the church organ, may not go down so well with older members of the Christian community who would prefer to stick with tradition – and that is in no way being knocked at all – but if vibrancy and energy is what it takes to attract the youth to church then we must embrace this style of worship.
There is great fear here in the United Kingdom that Christianity will be lost because of the churches failure to attract the youth of today. From what I saw at the Head of the Church of England yesterday, Christianity has a strong and thriving position in the future.