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’ve been busy this month. Festivals, ministry events, cell groups, preaching, teaching and of course experiencing the biggest rock (worship) concert South Africa has seen - over 100 000 people singing Amazing Grace and In the Name of Love... communicating with God, and not realizing it. Yes, this month my body was working hard, more than usual, but my mind even more so than ever: Everywhere I look and everywhere I go in South Africa, I always notice one prevalent thing: The institution of church and Christianity. Christianity in the digital age has become extremely marketable and dare I say it, profitable. One can see this all around. Church buildings are getting bigger and the sound systems louder. Everything is MORE. Every-
thing is BIGGER. Everything, except youth ministry. It seems that youth ministry always receives the shorter end of things. They tend to receive the least experienced teachers, the smallest venues, the hand-me-down equipment and the smallest budgets. I have often found that the church garden receives more funding and attention than the church’s youth ministries. This phenomena in South Africa has become so obvious to the international Christian community, that OM International have asked their members to specifically pray for the youth of South Africa. Something just doesn’t seem right, does it? The church is doing righteous things. They are doing good things which are not wrong, but in the name of what? Why are they
blind to the needs of the youth? It reminds me of the parable of the prodigal son, where the youth are the younger brother and the church the elder brother. Both rejecting the father. The younger brother rejects the father by doing immoral things and the elder brother rejects the father by doing good deeds, but both are missing the point. Why didn’t the elder brother see the pain of the father and go and search for the younger brother? He was too busy doing “the right thing”. Not In the Name of Love but in self-rightiousness. Are you living God’s given task for your life, or are you trying to force God’s grace into your tasks? You can serve only one God, One Love