I encourage every parent to pick up a copy of this book. It is right on the mark of where our American teens are today when it comes to Christianity.
Most parents aren’t aware of how many of their little church-going, hand-raising, praise-singing teens are just going through the motions of church and have already abandoned their faith–at least in their hearts and/or minds.
Many more are hanging on to their faith by a thread—which explains why 94% of Christian college students will abandon their faith in their freshman year. Even Bible College and Seminary professors are alarmed at the startling new “low” of the biblical literacy and biblical worldview young prospective ministry workers arrive with today.
In America, 30 years ago, your garden variety 6th grade heathen knew more biblical truth than most teens today! That would be funny if it weren’t so close to the truth.
Identifying the Problem
Kids 30 years ago didn’t have 800 channels of TV, the internet, cell phones, and video games to occupy every moment of every day while fueling all their once fleeting perversions either.
Americans strive to live on the mountain top of excitement continually. And it is killing this generation.
We are slowly pleasuring ourselves to death with a condition known as anhedonia. Therefore, I strongly suggest you get Dr. Archibald Hart’s book, “Thrilled to Death.” You can also hear my recent interview with Dr. Archibald Hart and Dr. Sylvia Hart Frejd here.
The problem, when it comes to kids persevering in their Christian faith, is that this generation is too used to a steady stream of exciting experiences from life. So, when the excitement of their faith wears off, so does their faith—which is why today’s teen converts stay in church 8-11 weeks before moving on to the next exciting adventure.
How to Help Your Teen
At Shepherds Hill Academy, we understand that we have to communicate to our kids that most of life is lived on the plain. Christ will walk us through the valleys and take us to mountain tops; but, these are the exceptions to practical life for most people.
Most of life is getting dressed, going to school or work, coming home, and doing it all again tomorrow. If we can teach ourselves and our kids to love God and serve and glorify Him in the everyday mundane things of life on the plain, the Kingdom of God can be realized and experienced in the here and now by anyone willing to receive it that way.
In addition, the unlimited entertainment, uncensored access, continual multitasking and unsupervised activities is frustrating the spirit within our kids (exasperating them).
Often teenagers in today’s society do not grow into adulthood with a fair shot at making good decisions. This occurs because when they were young parents did not force them to do right by–giving them an opportunity to experience boundaries, balance, sacrifice, disappointment, selflessness, respect and submission to authority–yet allowed them to be exposed to, and engaged in, the influence of the American postmodern culture.
What are some additional reasons why teens are leaving the church?