Christianity is losing the younger generation to cultural trends. According to a 2007 study by LifeWay Research and Ministry Development, 70% of Christian youth ages 18-30 who went to church regularly in high school said they quit attending by age 23 or will leave the faith in college. This statistic is collaborated by an Assemblies of God Study in the same year which that about 50% to 66.7% of Christian young people will drop out from the Christian faith while attending a non-Christian college or university. Parents send off their Christian kids to college only for them to come back after a semester to announce that they no longer believe in God. What happened?
Times have changed. The toughest mission fields are no longer in distant remote places of the world but the corridors of academia, the public school system, the workplace and the culture around us. The devil is on the prowl targeting the younger generation with Christian bashing and sensuous enticements. The social terrain has become spiritually more hazardous than the jungles of Africa and the intellectual topography more hostile than that of Athens in Paul’s day.
Therefore, the church needs to do more to equip Christian students and youth with intellectual and spiritual tools to stand their ground, defend their faith and persuasively communicate the gospel in an increasingly anti-Christian culture. The church needs to provide them an active and dynamic platform for encouragement and positive reinforcement.
Our Lord and Master Jesus Christ rightly declared and admonished, “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore, be wise as serpents and harmless as doves” (Matthew 10:16). Wisdom and piety are sine qua non with survival and success amidst wolves. The Church needs wisdom and more so the youth who are inadvertently at the frontlines of the raging spiritual warfare where the Christian faith is continually maligned.
Most often, young people are ill-equipped by the church to answer doubts in their own hearts, as well as questions posed by college professors, or colleagues. However, the Bible gives us the key in Colossians 4:5-6: “Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.” We need to know the answers and how to present these answers, not for the purpose of winning the arguments but winning the souls.
“Wisdom Club equips High School and college students with the spiritual weapons of sound doctrine and apologetics with which to engage culture intellectually and spiritually. “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5). Wisdom Club exists to help young Christians answer intellectual questions about the rationality of Christianity and refute anti-Christian objections.”