reach cities for Christ, begin with teens: Strack
--By Tony Imms
ATLANTA, June 16 -- Reaching the cities for Christ must in large part
be focused on America's teenagers, Jay Strack told messengers at the Southern Baptist
Convention annual meeting June 16 in Atlanta.
Strack, president of the Jay Strack Evangelistic Association and
Millennium Chorus, Inc., in Orlando, Fla., spoke in the Wednesday morning interpretation
of the convention's theme, "His Tears -- Our Task!"
Strack described today's youth as "a tribe apart," a culture
that must be reached.
He noted that 88 percent of persons between the ages of 12 and 19
attend no religious service of any kind.
"The church is not on the radar screen of this generation,"
Strack said. "If we keep doing what we're doing, we're going to keep having what
we're having. And what we're having is not working."
Strack cited the "crumbling of homes," the "coldness of
churches," the "corruptness of culture" and the "crisis in
classrooms" as reasons for the problems facing teenagers today. More metal detectors
are now installed in schools than in airports, prisons and courthouses, he said.
Strack said churches don't reach out to teenagers because "we
don't like the way they look, we don't like the way they dress, we don't like the music
they listen to." As a result, "It appears we don't care."
Strack urged messengers to return to their churches with the message
that "enough is enough. We have to quit playing church and playing games and making
people in our churches happy."
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