Do we hang out with Christians too much?
Is our “religious language” irrelevant to most others?
Do we use jargon that is confusing?
Are we willing to commit to Jesus and risk ourselves totally to reach a new generation of disciples for Jesus?
Jesus commands us to go out and train everyone we meet in what it means to follow Jesus. Our message is one of liberation not oppression. We have good news to share.
Meanwhile, the eleven disciples were on their way to Galilee, headed for the mountain Jesus had set for their reunion. The moment they saw him they worshiped him. Some, though, held back, not sure about worship, about risking themselves totally.
Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: “God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:16 – 20
Now would be the time to change.
Non-Christian Millennials, unlike their Christian counterparts, are much more likely to believe the Bible is just another book of teachings written by men that contains stories and advice 45%. Only a combined 27% of non-Christians say the Bible is the inspired or actual word of God. A significant disparity between Christian and non-Christian beliefs about the Bible is to be expected, of course; however, non-Christian views of the Bible often tip from benign indifference toward strong skepticism.
While a plurality of non-Christian Millennials relegate the Bible to merely a “useful book of moral teachings” 30%, nearly half agree with more negative characterizations: About one in five say the Bible is “an outdated book with no relevance for today” 19% and more than one-quarter go so far as to say the Bible is “a dangerous book of religious dogma used for centuries to oppress people” 27%.