Taking up the mantel!

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2 Kings 2:11-14… And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. 12And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces. 13He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan; 14And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the LORD God of Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over.

Is sharing the gospel going out of style? Is there some other way we can effectively reach others for Christ?  It seems as if millennial Christians have a fear of sharing the gospel with others.  Even though they are active in their church, they have not come to terms with sharing their faith with others.  Even though they agree that sharing their faith with others is a huge part of living for Christ, they are still reluctant to tell others about Jesus.  Perhaps it is because they reason it is wrong to share their beliefs with someone for fear of offending them.  Perhaps the social media age, while removing all fear from behind the computer screen, provides no intrepidity when it is removed from the equation.

Many of the younger Christians today solidly believe that sharing their faith with others is just plain wrong.  They believe the practice is generational and thus shy away from it.  It was a practice for Christians of old, but not for today.  If there is a continuation of this policy, then Christianity is likely to decrease because, by their actions, they are teaching the generation following them, that it is completely unimportant.  That generation will have no one to be their example for how to share their faith.  A sad situation to say the least.

Why do they believe evangelism is wrong?  The Millennial environment teaches them if someone disagrees with you, it means they’re judging you.  Therefore, they are reluctant to share the gospel because they reason people will think they are judging them.  Their attempt to navigate societies multitude of new “differences” makes them gun-shy because they do not want anyone to say to them, “Why are you judging me?”  They have to not only navigate around racism, but they must now deal with homosexuality, same sex marriages, a militant atheist movement, satanism, politics, secularism, sanctuary cities, communism, socialism and their very own government.  These, and more, are all areas where one may offend another and be accused of judging or being judged.  So, the millennial reasons, “I better keep to myself,” and this transfers to sharing their faith as well.

While they see their churches failing, they are unlikely to do anything about sharing their faith.  It is much safer to take up residence in the closet behind a Facebook account and convince yourself that the distraction of it is sufficient to keep the church thriving.  While we see college students marching for their agenda, we see none of them as zealous about their relationship with Christ, their love for Him and their appreciation for everlasting life.  You cannot live a good enough life to go without sharing your faith.  People will not magically come to know Jesus through your good actions and selfless character.  Yet this style of evangelism seems to be accepted in a culture constantly looking for the easy road to a quick fix.

Like the homosexuals of old, millennials need to come out of their closets and actively organize evangelism activities.  There is no shortage of ideas that can be easily and harmlessly implemented.  What we lack in the churches of today is the commitment of young Christians to take up the mantle and carry the gospel from those of old.  If we do not have committed replacements, then the church will not exist for the generation of young people being born right now. In 50 years, there will be little remembrance of the church. ~

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