You’ve read the articles and gone to the seminars about it. You’ve seen the info graphics and watched the videos about it. You may have even sought out the advice of the self-described “professional” on how in the world to reach this demographic known as The Millennials. Yet there still doesn’t seem to be much conclusive help as to how to reach this group.
The problem is that we’re not treating millennials as individuals. Instead, there’s a common misconception that millennials are all the same and you can reach them all in the same way. I’m a millennial, and I’m much different than other millennials that I work with and interact with on a daily basis. We’re not all the same!
When in the throes of discouragement over spiritual failure, nothing rings more hollow than the exhortation, “just shape up and try harder.” It sounds insensitive--oblivious to deeper struggles, like the words of a bystander yelling “just run faster!” to a dehydrated, crawling marathon runner at the twenty-fifth mile.
If you were struggling with a habitual sin about which you’re deeply discouraged, what if you came to me, asked me for words of comfort, and I said to you, “Shape up! You just need to start acting more like a Christian”?
How insensitive, you might say, Don’t you think I already know that? Such a statement in the midst of spiritual discouragement would indeed sound insensitive, but is it really bad advice? After all, when Ephesians 4:1 says, “walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called” isn't it basically saying, “start acting like a Christian”? The answer is 'yes' – if you are struggling with a habitual sin, you do, in fact, need to start acting more like a Christian. The question is, when do you need hear this truth? At what point in our interaction would it be appropriate for me to tell you “you need to start acting more like a Christian”? Is it possible that such advice is scripturally accurate in its content, but unscriptural when given in certain contexts?
Is it possible to use Scripture in an unscriptural way?
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