Beyond Pep-Rallies & Pizza Parties

When I went to college, I was asked all sorts of questions about Christianity.

Why is God so hidden?
Why does the Bible contradict itself?
Do you think people go to Hell?
Is homosexuality a sin?
Won't God forgive everyone if they just ask for forgiveness?
What happens to people who never hear about Jesus?
If God is all-good and all-powerful, then why is there evil and suffering?
Why does that guy stand in the middle of campus with a bullhorn and yell at everyone?

I hadn't grown up going to church and I had only been calling myself a Christian for about a year at the time. Ironically, most of the ones asking me all the questions had grown up going to church and had called themselves Christians for as long as they could remember.

So I did as best I could, trying to think through and explore some possible answers with them - just like people had done for me. But I wondered why they hadn't asked their pastor or youth pastor those questions. Maybe they did ask. Maybe they weren't satisfied with the answers.

They might have been like the 16-year old high school student who was talking with me recently about some of his questions. I was struck by how similar they were to the questions I was asked by 21-year old college students just a few years ago. So I asked him what I wondered back then. Why didn't he ask his pastor or youth pastor?

His response confirmed what I had thought all those years ago: he had asked, and he wasn't satisfied with their answers. He felt like they had given him a cliche and expected him to go along on his merry way.

The questions we all had, of course, were swirling around the academic, social, and experiential challenges were were all facing.

All youth pastors should take note at this point:
Students can see that there's more to life than pep-rallies and pizza parties, and they're hoping you can see that too.

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