One of my favorite biblical passages is 2 Timothy, 4:3: For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. It seems to me that this passage is proven true on a daily - and sometimes almost hourly - basis.
The latest “Bible study” comes from “Simply Youth Ministry” and Saddleback Church youth pastor Kurt Johnston. Believe it or not, it is based on the new movie, “High School Musical 3.” As a matter of fact, while learning this piece of information I also found out that there are other organizations who have produced “Bible study” resources based on the “High School Musical” franchise.
Johnston said his church has “rented out a whole theater just to take our kids to go see this movie because it’s such a big deal to them.” I don’t know about you, but if my church did something like that, it would be the end of my offerings to that assembly!
Whatever happened to using the Bible as a source to teach kids about the Bible? I’ve been told so many times that we are appealing to a whole different culture and therefore we have to devise new ways to reach them. My response to that is - BALDERDASH! Kids will learn what you teach them. If you feed them milk, that’s all they’ll want. If you feed them junk food that’s all they’ll want. BUT, if you feed them meat they will thrive!
I taught high school Sunday School for ten years and never once had to use such nonsensical spiritual junk food. And I kept my students interested and always desiring to learn more. Perhaps the junk food churches are bringing to their youth groups says more about the lack of the teacher’s abilities than it does about the students' ability to learn?
If you attend an assembly that uses this sort of junk, I encourage you to go to your leadership and seek its replacement with the solid meat of the Word of God.