Here is an exercise for all of us. Watch the 6 minute video (provided by Wretched Radio) below and ask yourself, “What does this video reveal?”
Here are some of the takeaways I got.
- Parroting Cultural Cliches. “There are so many translations, we can’t possibly know what was originally meant.” Todd Friel (red sweater man) does a good job helping this kid understand that, although the Bible has been translated, it doesn’t obscure the meaning, but actually makes it more understandable in contemporary speech. Lots of folks don’t know that many pastors/professors can read the Bible in the original language. But, this kid has heard the whole “too many translations” objection and simply parrots it. Many people believe what others tell them about Christianity without thinking about it themselves.
- Religion is Up to You. Many people think religion is entirely subjective and relative. To this guy, although there is only one proper way to build an air conditioner, getting to heaven is pretty much up for grabs.
- Words Don’t Mean Everything. Just because someone says they are a Christian does not mean they know the first thing about Christianity.
- Melting Pot Christianity. The fancy word for this is syncretism. This kid believes a little of what Christianity teaches and mixes in a whole lot of other beliefs as well. In the end, its not Christianity.
- We Need to Define Our Words. Throughout the video, the kid says lots of Christian things, but once Friel presses him on what he means by his words, you find out that he means an entirely different thing.
- Not a Lot of Thinking. You can tell that this kid, which I think is representative of most kids his age, hasn’t thought about God too much.
- You Can Have a Good Conversation Without Turning to An Argument. I appreciated that this conversation didn’t turn into a brawl although at many points the kid was shown to be very wrong in a lot of what he said. As Paul said, “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone” Colossians 4:6).
- We Need to Take Teaching Our Youth Seriously. This kid has obviously gone to church, but his education on the things of Christ is extreme low. This is one example of why we need to take teaching/preaching very seriously with our kiddos. When asked about the things of Christ, may our kids not stumbled around with disconnected and unbiblical thoughts, but may they know how to give an answer for hope they have within (1 Peter 3:15). Yes, play games and have fun, but never let that take priority over preaching, teaching, shepherding, and growing kids into Christian maturity. Make it your goal to make your kids perfect in Christ, not entertained at youth group (Colossians 1:28-29).
- This World Needs the Undiluted Truth of God Spoken in Uncompromising Love. May we rise to the call.
What did you learn from this video?