Interesting article in the March 2 Wall Street Journal. According to an article on the front page of the Weekend Journal, some kids are becoming more devout than their parents, thus creating havoc in the home. Sixteen year old Kevin Ellstrand, for instance, is the son of self-described secular humanists who shun organized religion. Two years ago Kevin began to follow Christ, but his mother finds it “appalling” that her son doesn’t believe in evolution. Kevin says, “I don’t want my parents to go to hell for not believing in God. But that is what’s going to happen and it really scares me.”
And it’s not only Christian parents–some Jewish children are deciding to keep kosher when their parents do not. And some Muslim youths are becoming more fervent than their parents.
What are we to make of this? Some say this is a natural product of teenage rebellion; I tend to think that the power of Christ to change lives is real, no matter what the age of the person who surrenders his life. Without a doubt, some teenage conversions are genuine . . . and the proof is visible in changes that persist years down the road. What changes are wrought in a believer’s life? Easy: love, joy, peace, goodness, faith, and patience.
No one can deny that many a teenage passion fades in time. Even Jesus spoke of the seed that falls by the road, springs up in shallow soil, and withers in the heat of the sun. But some seeds grow deep, find the nourishment they need, and bring forth much fruit.
Now I have a quick question for you–I need information for the WIP. What do you think of as “funeral food?” In other words, if you were going to make something to take to a grieving family, what would you make?