Jesus Loves the Little Children

…so why don’t we?

That’s the basic thrust of this video.  Warning – if you’re prone to epilepsy or have other issues with choppy graphics, close your eyes and just listen.

This guy is part of my denomination.  We actually overlapped at Seminary, but I don’t think I ever met him.  He was producing videos back then that were even more frenetic.  He has an in-your-face sort of fervency that is refreshing but also can be difficult to watch – though certainly no more difficult than the in-your-face fervency so prevalent elsewhere in our culture in directions I disagree with.  This guy serves in a relatively small congregation in North Dakota, but he produces these videos that reach lots and lots of people.  At least I hope they do.

I don’t always agree with everything he says or how he says it, but this video is helpful in two ways.  First, it addresses a critical issue in American Christianity – namely the decline of American Christianity – from a perspective that you don’t see in many books or other debates (namely because you don’t make a lot of money by telling churches that the key to increasing their membership is to have more children).  Secondly, this is an example of what you can do with technology, something our own congregation is discussing as a future focus of our ministry.

I can’t (and won’t) do what this guy does, but it’s a good demonstration of what can be done, in some manner, through a well-edited online video.  Concise teaching in an accessible format.  He makes a point, makes it strong, and then it’s done.  Hey, wait…maybe I should do more sermons like that.  Hmmm.  Nah.

Trying to solve the dilemma of shrinking churches without acknowledging in some ways the shrinking demographics of our population as a whole seems unwise at the very least.  God does like babies.  We have been taught many erroneous ideas about them – that they’re a drain on resources, that the world is in danger of overcrowding/overpopulation, that there isn’t enough to go around, that education and the debt it now requires is more important than starting a family.  We need to question our presumptions and assumptions about how we decide how many kids to have.  I don’t think this is the only solution, but it certainly is part of the mix.

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