Friday, 10 June 2011
I have so many good memories from youth mission trips. Getting closer with your friends and making new ones, and serving somehow in the community. We would do anything from painting someone's house, to helping at local food banks, to walking around neighborhoods handing out tracts. It wasn't always fun working outside in the hot sun repairing a fence, but we did it because we knew we were helping people and our youth group leader had asked us too.
So anyway, it wasn't until after I was married and my husband and I were talking that we realized something. Nearly everyone (including ourselves) in our youth group were probably lost. I say that because, since it had been a good 3-4 years later, we saw where some of our fellow youth groupers were. Some were on drugs, some living in sexual immorality, but most were just not in church anymore and had no real interest in Christ. I know myself I was still in darkness when I was on these mission trips. So that raised a question. Should we take youth on youth trips at all?
Here we are, a church from a few states away (or maybe even another country away!), and we say we're bringing the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but yet nearly none of us know Christ as our Savior ourselves! Isn't that...hypocritical? Aside from the humanitarian works, we never really shared the Gospel with people. Yes, as I said, we handed out tracts, but I don't know how I would've answered then if someone had asked me, "So what is the Gospel? Why did Jesus have to die for sin? Why do I have to accept him?" I didn't know the Gospel myself. How could I have told all those people they needed Jesus, yet I did not know him myself?
What do you think? Should we bring youth on trips if we don't think they're regenerate believers?