Beyond Belief
A CrossCulture Revolution

Overview: The Need for a Spiritual Revolution

As incredible as it may seem, research shows that "accepting Christ" and making a profession of faith today makes little to no difference in a young person's attitude and behavior. You have probably seen the statistics. Seventy-four percent (74%) of our Christian kids say they cheat on school tests; eighty-three percent (83%) say they lie to their teachers; ninety-three percent (93%) lie to their parents; and sixty-three percent (63%) say they become physically violent toward others when angered.1 These actions represent no more than a four-percentage point difference from the behaviors of those who profess no Christianity at all!

Sixty-four percent (64%) of our young people believe that "if a person is generally good or does enough good things for others during their life, they will earn a place in heaven."2

To our kids, Christ's teaching of love and doing good is what Christianity is all about.

Do you know what else our kids believe?

Compare what you think your kids believe with what a national study confirms they believe by taking a reality check.

Here's what our kids believe.

  • 63% don't believe Jesus is the Son of the one true God;
  • 58% believe all faiths teach equally valued truths;
  • 51% don't believe Jesus rose from the dead;
  • 65% don't believe Satan is a real entity;
  • 68% don't believe the Holy Spirit is a real entity.
  • 70% don't believe an absolute moral truth exists.3
  • And does any of this matter? We may prefer for our young people to embrace biblical beliefs, but what harm will come if they don't? Research consistently shows that what a person believes translates into attitudes and behavior. The vast majority of our young people have distorted beliefs about Christ and Christianity. Those with such distorted views are:

  • 200% more likely to be disappointed in life;
  • 200% more likely to physically hurt someone;
  • 210% more likely to lack purpose;
  • 300% more likely to use illegal drugs;
  • 600% more likely to attempt suicide.4
  • Something must be done--something different from what we are presently doing to reverse this trend. We need a complete turnaround from where things are with our kids. We need a revolution--a CrossCulture revolution.

    1"The Ethics of American Youth-2002 Report Card" conducted and published by Josephson Institute of Ethics (Marina del Rey, CA, Oct. 2002).
    2Barna Research Group, "Third Millennium Teens" (Ventura, CA: The Barna Research Group Ltd, 1999), pg. 49.
    3Ibid, 51.
    4"The Churched Youth Survey," (Dallas: Josh McDowell Ministry, 1994), pp. 65, 69.

    Overview: What is a CrossCulture Revolution?

    A cultural mindset has infiltrated our homes and churches and is stealing our kids away from us and robbing them of what true Christianity is--a transformed relationship with God through Christ. It is time for a spiritual revolution--"a fundamental change in the way of thinking; a complete turnaround from the culture." It is time to create a culture of the cross--a new generation of young people who know what it means to be a Christian and lives accordingly. That is what the Beyond Belief Campaign is all about--inciting a spiritual revolution, a CrossCulture revolution.

    What is a CrossCulture revolution? It is a fundamental change in the way young people are presented Christianity. It is a shift from leading our kids to accept certain beliefs about God, to leading them to form an intimate relationship with him and embracing deepened convictions about him. It is an effort to create a culture of the cross--raising up a generation of transformed followers of Christ who know why they believe what they believe. This will require that young people and their families understand and experience at least four characteristics about true Christianity.

    A Transformed Life
    Christ did not come to earth to teach bad people how to be good, as the majority of our kids believe. Christ came to earth to raise dead people to new life in relationship with him. Christ is not simply a good teacher, he is the Son of the one true God who came to nail our sinful record to his cross and transform us from death to new life in him. "..Those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun" (2 Corinthians 5:17).

    A Separated Life
    Christ makes a difference in a person's life. The CrossCulture life involves living crossgrain to the culture, not conforming to its practices but being empowered by the Holy Spirit to live a life pleasing to God. "Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person..." (Romans 12:2).

    A Crucified Life
    Christianity is about sacrifice--Christ sacrificed his own life on the cross so that we might live; we offer ourselves as a living sacrifice before God that he might live in and through us. "I have been crucified with Christ. I myself no longer live, but Christ lives in me. So I live my life in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me" (Galatians 2:19-20).

    A Mission in Life
    Christ gives us a new identity in him and a new purpose for living, but he also gives us an exciting mission in life--to share the Gospel message across all cultures. "God has given us the task [the mission] of reconciling people to him... We are Christ's ambassadors, and God is using us to speak to you" (2 Corinthians 5:19-20).

    "This all looks good," you may say, "but do you have some program to bring about a spiritual revolution within my churched youth?" Actually we don't. A spiritual revolution requires a miraculous move from God. Instituting a simple program on right beliefs isn't enough. It will take the miraculous intervention of God's Spirit and a long-term commitment and process on your part to provide consistent teaching, modeling, and mentoring of your young people in a culture of the cross. It will require working in harmony with the parents of your students and involving the leadership within your church to cooperate with you in this effort. But it will also require numerous equipping tools, and that's where we come in. We want to come alongside you to help you strategically plan and foster your own CrossCulture revolution.

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