“When kids come to our church youth room, they find a place where they can kick back and fellowship, enjoy a soft drink, some snacks, play games and listen to music.”
I was stunned as a large mega-church youth and college leader showed me their enormous youth room. Much larger than the youth rooms I visited elsewhere in my own teen years. (You know, back when dinosaurs walked the earth. Lol.)
Yet the concept was still the same. Keep up with trends .. we are at this blessed place in history. Technology, transportation, fashion, entertainment, even occupations have changed drastically in the last two hundred years.
It has been said that trains of thought have polarized greatly. Many studies and statistics say that while there are a large number of Believers in the United States, not all of them are gathering to fellowship, while pastors and youth leaders wonder why this is occurring, the pandemic beside.
Church attendance and participation in service clubs has wained over the past twenty years, I am told, by those who manage those organizations.
Is God still relevant?
Is He relevant to me? Is He relevant to you?
Relevant .. relatable, necessary.
Surrounded on all sides by a Jesus believing family, I memorized scriptures as a kid.
And I craved a relationship with the Lord. My prayers were full of the God blesses, etc.
The “be with” prayers. Be with those who are suffering. Be with those who have lost their way. Be with those who feel empty and don’t know why.
Why is God Relevant?
It seems that those who believe in God really, really believe, and those who don’t, really, really don’t.
A long time ago, someone told me that trying to win the world by admonishment or accusation would never work.
“But your testimony, your story, no one can dispute. And when they see the light in your eyes, they will know.”
They have seen God. The God of all creation, the Almighty Author, the fantastic Painter of all things beautiful. The Creative Musician Who sings over us as we sleep.
Lord, we seek You. Right here, wherever we are. There is no place on earth where You cannot be found. We love you so much, and seek Your Presence in our lives.
Psalm 104:1-2 (New King James Version) “Bless the Lord, O my soul! O Lord my God, You are very great: You are clothed with honor and majesty, Who cover Yourself with light as with a garment, Who stretch out the heavens like a curtain.”