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Why Young Adults? part 2 of 3

October 20, 2016

Not long ago I was invited to be a guest blogger at Confessions of A Young Methodist. Once I got over my initial shock and was able to respond with great gratitude, I went to work.

Sara and Kyle gave me the question, “Why young adults?” Here’s my measured response, which I’ve edited into three parts for you —

Again, Why young adults?

Because this is God’s idea.

“One generation shall praise your works to another,” says Psalm145:4. We all tend to have scars; some of those are visible but most are not. We have memories of how we got them. But most importantly we know how God rescued us, often from our own mistakes and bad choices.

We need to hear each other’s stories. We need to remind each other how good God still is, today, right now.

For example, I’m wearing one of my favorite ball caps right now. It has the picture of a skull on the front and around it are the words “Grateful I’m Not Dead.” For real. Very short explanation: God does good work. Happy to tell you the longer version; ask me. We need to be telling Our Own God Stories to one another.

God says, “I will pour out my Spirit on every kind of people: your sons will prophesy, also your daughters; your young will see visions, your old will dream dreams.” (Acts 2:17) People younger than me see and understand things in ways I never have and probably never would without their help. I hope the reverse is also true.

Maybe that’s why some of us love being with young adults. And you let us, and we thank you! We just hope we don’t come off like Lin-Manuel Miranda’s substitute teacher bit on last week’s SNL.

God’s dream for us is that together we are all “to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do God’s work and to speak out for God, telling others of the night-and-day difference God made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.” (1st Peter 2:9) God never intended for us to try any of this as a solo act.

Long ago Aerosmith and Run-D.M.C teamed up to bring new life to the song “Walk This Way.” About a decade later Neil Young and Pearl Jam did the same thing to “Rockin’ in the Free World.” More recently Paul McCartney, Kanye, and Rihanna teamed up for “FourFiveSeconds.” It’s long since passed time we were doing the same thing in the church.

Plenty of people are living lives that are screaming what that trio sang, “I’m tryna make it back home by Monday mornin’/I swear I wish somebody would tell me/Ooh, that’s all I want.” Church, are we listening?

So Why Young Adults? Because this is God’s idea.

— See you back here tomorrow for the final part of my answer.

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