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Hope + Justice = Change

A local newspaper recently published an article entitled, "Isn't it about time for God 2.0?" It claims ... "We now know more about morality than when the holy books were written, just as we know more about science."

As a youth leader I have asked, "Do we need 'God 2.0'?" Perhaps. My experience since 1969 suggests that we begin with one thing that is similar between youth in the 1970's and today's youth when thinking of their moral perceptions. In the 1970's our group was offered an opportunity to work with children institutionalized for behavioral problems, spending a few hours on a Saturday afternoon to simply be a friend. I had no problem finding volunteers for these once a month gatherings. In the past 17 years our young group in Deer Park has been offered the opportunity to work with the homeless in New York City, also on a Saturday afternoon. Once again, a generation later, we are able to find volunteers.

If we are to look for the new moral formula, which applies to many of our young people, how about this: Hope + Justice = Change. Young people are full of hope, whether today's youth or those of the previous generation. Find an outlet, providing a just cause, and they will join in, bringing change to those they serve. And in bringing change to others, they change themselves. A new formula, yes, but based on an old principle (see Matthew 25: 31-46).

What do you think? Send your thoughts to timferguson@christianyouthgroup.org". I look forward to hearing from you.

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