Introducing New Evidence
Whenever I watch a law court drama on television, one of the lawyers is always finding a large piece of evidence right in the middle of the trial. My lawyer friends tell me this never happens in a real trial, but it happens all of the time on television. The pivotal moment will arrive and the lawyer will stand and address the judge. “Your Honor,” the attorney will say, “new evidence has come to light that has a significant bearing on the outcome of this case.” The new evidence is handed to the judge and just like that, justice is done… just in time for the next commercial.
A lot of us are concerned about the trends that show young adults dropping out of church. For a lot of reasons, millennials aren’t coming back to church. When my friends and I discuss the research, I’ll remind them not to be too harsh in judging these young adults. After all, most of them are making their decision based on the evidence available to them.
Think about it. A lot of their parents divorced. They have witnessed major scandals among leaders of every denomination. The American dream doesn’t seem to be there for them due to the economic down turn. It’s not that they don’t believe in Jesus anymore, but that for a lot of them, they just don’t believe anything anymore.
They don’t believe in anything or anyone enough to commit their lives to the cause. They will do what they need to do to get through the day. And tomorrow, well… they’ll do what they need to do then.
Believe it or not, this is a great opportunity for the gospel. Why? Because these young adults are asking questions only Jesus can answer. They’re just looking for new evidence.
And it’s up to us as Christ-followers to offer that new evidence. But how?
- By living faithfully the teaching of Jesus
- By offering the love of Christ without condition
- By loving our neighbors without hesitation
- By being a friend that never gives up
- By praying for them
When these young adults see it—they’ll recognize it.
And the conversation will begin… a conversation that will bring these young adults back to church and ultimately to Christ.