Your E-update Regarding Youth Ministry Games, Ideas, Links, Lessons, Resources and More!
Edition 14, No. 4 - March 24, 2009
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It Makes You Happy"
"When Starbucks executives overextended their brand, planting what seems like a store on every block, it quickly became okay to start savaging Seattle’s caffeine gods. Likewise, after centuries of “extending our brand” into a “Christian nation,” it’s now totally acceptable to proclaim yourself a “hater of religion” in the U.S.
It’s even a badge of honor in the Christian community—former Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch is a perfect example. After exiting the group and committing his life to Christ, he wrote on his blog: “I’m not trying to drag anyone to church or shove religion down anyone’s throat. I hate religion. I love God.”
The “hate religion, love God” mantra sounds so much like something Jesus said that many assume he did—like the way people attribute Ben Franklin’s famous quote “God helps those who help themselves” to the Bible. Most Americans feel fine about describing themselves as spiritual—in fact, if you’re not a spiritual person, you don’t meet the Oprah standard for normalcy in today’s culture. But you won’t find a similar reception if you call yourself religious—it’s getting much harder to find anyone who would describe themselves that way anyway.
So it’s no surprise that researchers at the University of British Columbia have discovered that kids who have strong “personal and communal aspects of spirituality” (meaning in life, and strong interpersonal relationships) are much more likely to be happy, but kids who adhere to “religious practices” don’t get the same “happiness bump.” The same study reports that while religion positively correlates with kids who are well-adjusted and well-behaved, those descriptors “are not the same...as happiness.”
If you ascribe to “diabolical intent”—that we have an enemy whose mission is to “kill, steal, and destroy” (John 10:10), then you could hardly miss the intentionality behind the slow movement away from the uncomfortably specific “religion” in favor of the comfortably vague “spirituality.” How do you remove the specificity of God from the Christian equation? Well, one great way to do it is replace the best aspects of religion—the lifestyle and practice of devotion to Christ—with a lifestyle focused on meaning and rich relationships. Presto! A chocolate chip cookie without the chocolate chips...."
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