Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Youth Ministries? Part 2
I recently asked in my first post "Is the youth minister a scriptural office?"
A few wrote back and stated that " 'xyz' is not in the Bible either, does that make it wrong?"
To me this is what is described in Latin as "argumentum a silentio" or an argument from silence.
To follow this reasoning one could easily take anything that is not specifically prohibited in the Bible and say that it is fine.
The problem I still see that is most prevalent is that "it works." Just because something works does not make it a good thing. Pointing a gun at someone's head "works" also. That does not make it right. Again, this is pragmatism.
Then we have others who think that since little Jr. and little Jane do not have a godly daddy that a youth minister is or can be a blessing to them. What is wrong with the men and women of the church pointing little Jr. and little Jane (Titus 2) to the Lord and to good works?
Here is an interesting question to consider. Why do we feel that little Jr. and little Jane need a specialized service like children's church, youth groups, youth Bible studies and so on? What is wrong with the Word from the pulpit? Does it really need to be scaled down to help them understand when in fact the Holy Spirit is the One who opens our spiritual eyes to understand.
I know this is not popular in a day when we have singles Bible studies, singles-again Bible studies, senior adult Bible studies, men and women's Bible studies and left-handed blue eyed people that like American Idol Bible studies. But I think these questions have to be asked.
We have "specialized" groups so much that "big" church is not needed or relevant. Since when does something have to be relevant to be spiritually productive?
Besides, little Jr. and little Jane cannot sit still during church for a whole service.