Monday, October 09, 2006
The Loss of Teenagers
Friday's New York Times had a front-page article on evangelical youth: "Evangelicals Fear the Loss of Their Teenagers." It focuses on the efforts of Ron Luce and Acquire the Fire. Here is the story's conclusion:

Outside the arena in Amherst, the teenagers at Mr. Luce’s Acquire the Fire extravaganza mobbed the tables hawking T-shirts and CD’s stamped: “Branded by God.” Mr. Luce’s strategy is to replace MTV’s wares with those of an alternative Christian culture, so teenagers will link their identity to Christ and not to the latest flesh-baring pop star.

Apparently, the strategy can show results. In Chicago, Eric Soto said he returned from a stadium event in Detroit in the spring to find that other teenagers in the hallways were also wearing “Acquire the Fire” T-shirts.

“You were there? You’re a Christian?” he said the young people would say to one another. “The fire doesn’t die once you leave the stadium. But it’s a challenge to keep it burning.”

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At 9:39 AM, Blogger Jeff Downs said...

I did not get a chance to read the lead article in CT on the reformation, but from my understanding it discussed the growth (in numbers) of young reformational Christians.

It would be interesting to contrast these two stories and what lies beneath.

 

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