With society and culture changing so rapidly, what are your deepest concerns with respects to the church?
Every thinking adult should be deeply concerned about the future’s impact upon their children. I heard someone say recently that they were not worried about Pentecostal young people making the right choices about the future; I was surprised at this statement, because most people who guide and interact with young people are in fact deeply concerned – and for good reason.
Take, for example, sexual behavior. Dr. Meg Meeker points out in her book “Epidemic: How Teen Sex is Killing Our Kids” that:
Nearly one in four sexually active teens is living with a sexually transmitted disease.
Nearly 50 percent of black teenagers have genital herpes.
One in five children over age 12 tests positive for herpes type 2.
Although teenagers make up just 10 percent of the population, they acquire between 20 and 25 percent of all STDs.
Fifteen percent of all boys will be infected with the herpes virus by the time they’re 18.
We must resist the temptation to imagine that we are isolated from society’s encroaching darkness – we are not.
So, to your question, one of the things I am most concerned about is the church – God’s people – becoming desensitized to the sinful and godless behavior that is becoming common in our culture. Christianity silence on the subject of sin is deafening.