Teen Indifference Towards Faith in India || Cultivate Internship 2014


Behind the scenes work at Life Fellowship Church

It may be premature to form a solid opinion on my ideas of Indian youth; my Cultivate internship team has only been in the county for 6 days! However, we’ve been meeting with the leadership of Life Fellowship Church and have been asking lots of questions.

From listening to the heart of the leaders, I’ve come to the conclusion that the teens here in India are faced with many of the same things that teens are facing in America, but of course, with an Indian culture twist to it.

A key difference here is that India is a shame-based culture. The American worldview is centered more around right vs. wrong, whereas the Indian culture is focused more on honor vs. shame — Everything here revolves around success and what will bring someone’s self/family honor. Therefore, the typical Indian family’s life revolves around their children and their accomplishments. This also means that because parents immensely invest in their children, they expect a future return from them. This worldview creates an immense pressure to succeed. (There’s only two esteemed career paths to choose– either become a doctor or an engineer). This academic pressure has led many teens to feel indifferent towards the church due to perceived lack of real life applicability — How can teens have time to think about other things when their biggest concern in life is to not be a failure in this world?

Another major issue here, just like in the U.S., is that teens are constantly being bombarded with an overload of information — We can thank the internet and social media for this generational problem. So on top of all the information they learn in school every day, they are constantly being exposed to knew ideas on the internet, especially regarding western culture. The last thing that teens want to do is spend their free time learning more at church.

So just like in America, the temptation for parents is to figure out a “quick fix” — What will be the quickest cure for teen indifference towards faith? Often the answer given is “more preaching.” But, in my opinion, teens aren’t in need of more preaching. No, their problems aren’t stemming from a lack of instruction –They’re being preached at constantly in all areas of their lives. What they desperately need though is to be actively listened to. They are crying out to be heard and to be able to share their struggles without feeling the shame that comes with exposing their baggage. This trip has shown me that this is not just a cultural challenge, but a global challenge– One that the older generation, wherever they are in the world, is going to have to come to terms with. Teens want to be heard and listened to, whether they are an American or an Indian. 

Christians Supporting Gay Marriage?

Here is a question that I have recently been asked on Twitter:

“I get disappointed when I see Christians supporting gay marriage. What are your thoughts?”

Here was my reply:
“Yes, such a relevant question facing all Christians in our culture.. and of course I don’t support it.

However, do I necessarily think it should be illegal? I’m not quite sure.

See, we aren’t a theocracy… though I wish it was, it is very evident that the U.S. does NOT uphold the Bible as the law of the land. My dilemma is this: are we as Christians being consistent? Why do we pick and choose which parts of the Bible to force on society?

God clearly does NOT delineate between homosexual sin and heterosexual sin. It’s ALL the SAME sin to him. Sex is meant FOR marriage, between one man, one woman.. (Genesis 2:24). ANY type of sexual sin outside of marriage is viewed as the same thing to the Lord.. even just lusting after someone in their heart.

Matthew 5:28 – But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

Clearly the Lord is outraged by any form of sexual sin, but adultery is even rampant amongst Christians.. how is this possible?

1 Corinthians 7:10-11
To the married I give this command (not I, but the Lord)… A wife must not separate from her husband. But if she does, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband. And a husband must not divorce his wife.

Hebrews 13:4
Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.

Matthew 19:9
I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.

All these verses talk about adultery and how the Lord is outraged by it. Yet I know several Christians who are SO against gay marriage, yet they have been divorced (not for sexual unfaithfulness, but for selfish reasons) and remarried…? Which God says is adultery… ?

So, yes. Gay marriage is immoral, not my own opinion, but the Lords. It should never become acceptable, because along with it many horrible things will happen to Christians who try to obey the Lord and His commands. (Pastors will be forced to marry against their consciences, or else maybe tried in court for “discrimination”). However, I just don’t understand how we have become so inconsistent? Pastors should treat remarriages and homosexual marriages the same: unbiblical and against their consciences. I truly believe the Lord will judge adultery, fornication, lust, and homosexual sins the same.

So honestly, I really don’t know what should be done. Because we really aren’t a Christian nation.. should we force our Christian morals on society? And if we do.. why are we not consistent on which ones we choose to get outraged about? I of course don’t want it to happen, (this is a good article “10 Reasons Why Homosexual “Marriage” is Harmful and Must be Opposed” that I agree with: http://goo.gl/KqIRr).. but I’m just not sure if we can even stop it. The Bible says there will be a great moral fallout in the last days. So whether or not it happens now, or in 5 years… it WILL happen.

Jesus is coming back. It’s only a matter of time.”


-Hannah Myers