Some adults don’t expect much from youth pastors. They simply want them to keep their children off drugs and away from premarital sex.
Others practice a “gospel of niceness,” where faith is simply doing good and not ruffling feathers. The Christian call to take risks, witness and sacrifice for others is muted, she says.
“If teenagers lack an articulate faith, it may be because the faith we show them is too spineless to merit much in the way of conversation,” wrote Dean, a professor of youth and church culture at Princeton Theological Seminary.
I wonder if this is particularly true in the Chinese church; that is, the (often unconvinced about Christ) parent sends his/her youth to Youth Group not only because “that’s what we do in America,” but so that his/her youth can become “nice”.
Ugh. “Nice” is such a banal word — and reality.