Dreaded Deconstruction October 13, 2022
Thursday, October 13th
Take5 Devotional today written by Pastor Gina Spivey, Family Ministries Pastor
When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.
1 Corinthians 13:11
If you have been reading or listening to podcasts about the Christian Church in the next generation you have likely heard the phrase “deconstruction”. Essentially what this hot button word means is a time of taking parts of your faith apart with a critical lens and examining which parts are worth reevaluation.
Sadly, many students and young adults have deconstructed their faith and either never reconstructed it at all or reconstructed it in a way that left very little of the core tenants of the Christian faith. Sometimes it barely even resembles discipleship in the way of Jesus. However, I want to again remind us that this concept has been in existence for all time. Every person comes to a crossroads in their faith where something shifts. A hurt, a disappointment, a life event, tragedy, or even just maturity, lead every person to different seasons in our walk of faith where we reevaluate and question things. And I would like to argue that not only is that unavoidable, but it is also important.
This portion of Scripture reminds us that when we grow up, we are designed to begin to shift the way we think and see the world. We do away with childish thoughts and we begin to grow in our capacity to think critically and make more educated decisions about how we see our faith. This is a good thing! We need not panic each time our children or grandchildren or young people in our world question how the Church is responding to something or question what the Bible really means when it says …. Insert anything here …. These are the times when we are called to once again to pause, take a deep breath, and remember that we are always called to wrestle with Scripture.
We are allowed to ask questions and so are children and students as they begin to make their faith their own. Think of all the times in your life when your faith was being challenged and on the other side you realized how God was refining you in the fire. Let’s be a church that doesn’t scold the next generation but rather seeks to allow space for open dialogue and conversations in an effort to guide them into a higher level of faith in the redeeming work of Jesus Christ.