If you discovered about half of the students in your church’s youth ministry [or your own kids] were going to walk away from Christ after entering college, would you do something about it?
What do we do about our kids?” The group of parents sat together in my office, wiping their eyes. I’m a high school pastor, but for once, they weren’t talking about 16-year-olds drinking and partying. Each had a story to tell about a “good Christian” child, raised in their home and in our church, who had walked away from the faith during the college years. These children had come through our church’s youth program, gone on short-term mission trips, and served in several different ministries during their teenage years. Now they didn’t want anything to do with it anymore.
1 John 2:19 comes to mind:
They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us.
What is it that sets apart the kids who stay in the church? Jon Nielson offers three observations to answer this question. #1 and #2 especially apply to any true committed believer.