A young man is recruited to fight for a righteous cause. He answers the call to arms with enthusiasm and vigor, ready to step foot onto the battlefield to defend the new truths he has come to believe in. He understands the dangers, but follows the newfound passion within his heart none the less. As he enters the conflict zone, the enemy immediately sets an agent of destruction straight at our young hero. Fearlessly, the young valiant rushes toward the agent. Mere seconds from the collision, reality sets in: our hero bares no armor, no sword, no shield, no faith. He has entered the battle ill equipped to defend himself or his beliefs.
This is the plight facing many young Christians today. Too many teens fall victim to the charismatic influences of the world outside the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, because they are ill equipped to defend Christianity. Many teens do not understand the principles behind apologetics, and often times buckle under pressure when confronted by agnosticism. Unable to respond to the doubts of the world’s value system, three in four teens (graduating from high school) end up leaving the faith; the world effectively assimilating them.
I Peter 3:15 (NIV) states, “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect”.
2 Timothy 4:2 (NIV) says this: “Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke, and encourage-with great patience and careful instruction.”
The bible teaches that Christians should be on guard to defend the truth of the gospel at a moment’s notice. As such, the body of Christ is responsible for teaching the youth not simply to believe in Christ by blind faith, but to also show tangible evidence of the truths of God’s inspired word throughout the history of mankind. Young Christians need a sound understanding of the truths contained in the word of God. They need to know how to and where to look for the evidence to support these biblical truths.
In this digital age, many resources are available to aid in preparing our young Christian soldiers-in-training to do battle for their beliefs. Web tools such as, “Crossexamined.org” and the internet flipbook, “Gravity. True for you, but Not for Me” are excellent resources. Such tools are designed to educate young Christians on the importance of apologetics and provide historical and modern proven evidence of the God’s truth.
With 75% of young Christians leaving the faith after high school, we must ensure that the next generation is aptly equipped to defend the faith at will. We cannot afford to lose our young soldiers due to inadequate training. They must be properly equipped to take the battle to Satan, and to defend the faith with honor and intelligence.