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Youth Searching for Answers

July 19, 2013


 

I think that when young people go out without any spiritual life at all, it’s a hopeless world because they see all the things that we read in the headlines every day or watch on the news and they get discouraged.

But at the same time I think that there is a minority, a strong minority of young people today that are stronger in Christ, stronger in faith that I have ever seen in my lifetime.

Immanuel Kant once said, “There’s a void in our hearts that can only be filled by God.” I think that many people feel that there’s a void in our hearts. I think that young people today–you go out on the streets and just look at them or see them as I see them by the thousands–there’s a void in the heart of our young people today and they are trying to find an answer in sex and in drugs and all the other things and they are not finding it.

The majority of teenagers are looking for something–they’re not sure it’s spiritual–but something they don’t have. They want to be loved, they want some authority which they don’t talk about, and they want a faith to believe.

When you talk to them they will listen if your give them the straight stuff. They don’t want any cover-up. They want the straight Gospel.

I think there’s a tremendous hope if young people will accept the spiritual life that God offers to them. I want them to hear that God loves them; for them to know that Jesus Christ is the one that can put His arms around them and love them.

“Remember your Creator in the days of your youth.” (Ecclesiastes 12:1)