As youth ministers, sometimes it is easy for us to get trapped into the mindset of only catering our ministry to Catholic or Christian teens - people who already have a foundation or understanding from which we hope to grow their faith. How then do we respond to an encounter with a person who is not Christian, and in fact may be turned off to Christ.
A recent article on CPYU.org, speaks on most non-Christians' stance on Christianity. Three points are discussed:
- Most non-Christians do not have a central truth. They are deeply spiritual, but have formed their own religion by "mixing their own unique combination of religious elements"
- They are turned off to Christianity. Why? Because they frequently encounter Christians acting in an un-Christian manner.
- They may be interested in Christ, but are turned off to the Church because they percieve the Church to be turned off to them.
If interested in reading more, check out the article titled, "Looking for bus #119."