In a 1995 edition of Modern Reformation, an article appeared that discussed the necessity of teaching sound doctrine to our youth. Though written many years ago, churches and youth ministers today can still learn much from what was discussed within this article:
For too long we have blamed the rebellion of our young people on such things as our school system, broken homes and the influence of the media. As a pastor and youth worker I refuse to point the finger at society anymore. I am not saying the declining morality of our society and the break down of our family structure has not affected our kids. It definitely has had a large impact, but part of the blame is a little closer to home than we like to admit. It is time we stop pointing the finger at our world and point it right back at the church.
Sex, drugs, peer pressure, dating and other such topics are OK, but are we really meeting our kids’ needs or are we just applying a Band-Aid to a gaping wound? If our church youth group is not attempting to teach our kids the attributes and actions of God our Father, then it is we who are at fault for the rebellious acts of our young people.