Thursday, November 29, 2012

1 of 5 reasons I think Christian Students TANK in College

The following is 1 of 5 installments. This is STRICTLY my personal observation. I have read many studies that confirm my observations but this is more my intuition and my personal conversations with christian students, researchers, youth pastors, college pastors, and non-christian students.

5.) Lack of selflessness. The average 18 year old in the united states is narcissistic (love of self more than others).  

With narcissism as a mode of thinking, understanding the mission becomes difficult. The mission implies a death of self and a focus on the one an others. Narcissism is incompatible with the mission. 

"But I thought this is the most giving, serving generation ever?" I see this question quite a bit. The current culture is "Cause Oriented" but for reasons that may surprise you. 

The "Cause Oriented" culture is self-serving. Young people are willing to serve people and help those in need as long as it does not hinder their way of life. This is not real sacrifice. 

I believe the root for the "Cause Oriented" culture is a culture desperate to find meaning. In a paradigm that puts self first, it is impossible to find meaning beyond oneself. We are creatures designed to find purpose and meaning beyond ourselves. This purpose and meaning can only be satisfied by living out the mission God has given us.

When you look in mass at how many young people serve and give, it is constructed in such a way that it severs to give one the feeling of satisfaction of helping while it may or may not help anyone. This is best illustrated in an example: 

A local soup kitchen remarked that it dislikes youth groups coming to serve. The  reason being that the groups don't interact with the homeless much at all. They document their activities with pictures and video, they serve and go home. It is obvious to the staff they are more concerned with the experience than helping anyone.

Overtime, this misconception of the mission causes them to leave the faith. They come to the conclusion that any faith group, or non faith group can do the same thing they are doing through their church. Therefore what is the purpose of Church, moreover what is the purpose of the Christian faith? 

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