Yesterday, my friend Jyoti was invited to speak at a youth group gathering in a local church in Switzerland. I asked if I can join him, and he said, “Ugh, fine.” So we both went to this thing. 11 or 12 people attended the little gathering. The youth group consisted of 16-20 year olds, so it was the perfect audience for two young lads like Jyoti and myself.
So, Jyoti started talking about and explaining all kinds of awesome things, like, different worldviews, religions, and so on. It was really interesting to hear what he had to say, mainly because he wanted to spark something in this audience. He said a couple really crazy things, like, changing the educational system, or the finance system, or the way media works, and I watched the audience as they were listening to Jyoti, and they looked confused. To me, all of this stuff was pretty straightforward, so I was confused about why they were confused. Yeah, very confusing.
Anyway, after a while of talking, Jyoti asked the audience to define “church.” The guy who answered must’ve been 19 or 20, around my age. He basically said, “Church is supposed to be a place where I can retreat and rest in the peace of God. A place where I can go to just relax, regenerate, and refresh myself spiritually, mentally, and even physically, before I go out into the crazy world again.”
I wanted to say something, but instead, I just bit my tongue. I had a lot of thoughts running through my head at that time. One of my thoughts was that church isn’t supposed to be a place of rest in the sense that you go to church in order to take a break from the “busy world.” Church shouldn’t even be a place in the sense that it’s a building, room, or basement or whatever. If Christians are supposed to change the world, then church should be like a blacksmith’s workshop, where weapons are created, where battle plans are made, and where world-shaking ideas develop and mature. Church is supposed to be a place where people can come together in unity and create something that would seriously ass-kick the lie-infested world we live in. Church should have an apostolic foundation with prophetic guidance. I will maybe write a post about that apostolic/prophetic stuff in the future, but right now I have to go into town and buy some sunglasses, because mine broke the other day. Sad, yes. Very sad.
So here’s a question for you to answer: What is the most important thing in a young person’s life? Like, in this age, on the verge of becoming an adult, what matters most? What’s the one thing that all young people should be concerned about? Leave your thoughts and comments in the rectangle below. Cheers very much.