Last night I logged onto a very popular website for young Christian teenagers. The website was for a movement I used to be an enthusiastic part of.
They used to be so alive; the forums full of life-changing ideas; of world-changing projects. Last night I found that the tangible, vital movement had died of a disease called perfection.
These group of teenagers have become merely a cluster of one people-group, and without diversity the beauty has died. They are nearly all home-schooled, Christian, and very conservative.
They are vehemently political.
They still call homosexuality “sodomy.”
They are “pro-life,” but so harshly so that I could never identify myself with them. One girl’s quote was, “The only reason abortionists deny the humanity of the pre-born is because they are not really human themselves.” Ick. She just threw out her case for the sanctity of life.
Oh, and the girls all wear dresses, too, and throw around words like “biblical femininity” and “modesty.”
They still talk about changing the world, but they are so far removed from it they don’t even know the meaning of the word.
They write tracts and books, make films; all impersonal sermons that only other conservative Christians listen to.
It used to be that this website, which was dedicated to teens changing the world, had action projects- making bracelets and using the prophets to end modern-day slavery, making baby blankets for struggling teen moms, packing food for Feed My Starving Children.
Now they’re vastly online projects- writing to politicians, analyzing whether or not new laws uphold the constitution, forming online prayer groups, making pro-life pictures, writing conservative pamphlets and handing them out to anyone who will take them.
One organization was literally called “Homeschooled Young Adults Influencing Politics from a Biblical Worldview.”
Politics from a Biblical worldview?
Personally, I don’t think there’s much God likes about politics, either liberal or conservative, but that’s another rant for another time.
My biggest problem is that there is a world out here that’s hurting- in America alone, land of the free, home of the brave, there is rampant homelessness, poverty, and addiction. The major problem is in the cities, but the rural communities need world-changers, too.
Sorry, church. When you start living in this world, feeling our pain, then you can give us all your pat answers- if you still believe them.