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The Orlando Massacre

In Limiting God

By Gayle Raif
June 14, 2016 at 11:50 a.m.

We've just read about the worst terror attack in the U.S. since the bombing of the Trade Center towers in New York.  I think this one takes on more significance for several reasons.  First, that a man who passed all background check could walk into a public place and kill 50 people.  Secondly, that he is an American citizen.  Not long ago we read of the young man who walked into a church and killed six people who had gathered for worship.    

More and more young people say they don't believe in God.  As a senior adult, I am trying, through reading and study, to understand their language. their world view.  I've complained for some time that churches aren't teaching us how to reach these young people.

It's no news that our churches are filled with mostly those who are over the age of 50.  Yes, there are churches with active, vibrant youth ministries.  But how many of those are really committed Christians, not just following along to be accepted by their friends or their in crowd?  I can remember my own baptism years ago when I was seven.  I really had no concept of Christianity.  I got baptized just because my friends were getting baptized.  I wonder, though, if they understood as little about Christianity as I did.

I know my youngest son is a Christian because when he was sever he came to me and asked how to be one.  I explained and we prayed.  He asked Jesus to be Lord of his life. Flash forward 20 years.  He said he didn't believe in God and gave his reasons.  Now, 10 years later, it may be a different story.  For one, he is a father.  I learned more about God the Father after I became a parent.  When we go to visit him soon, I plan, with the Holy Spirit's urging, to tell him that, yes, he is a Christian, because of that, any my prayers, he has had things happen in his life that he attributes to coincidence.  I'll list all the things that have happened and point out how he was being led, unknowingly, by God.

Until we can learn how to effectively communicate with, understand, and show our love to these young people, there may well be an entire generation  who are going to hell.





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