by Adam Kronberger / Head of School
Not many types of movies are as exciting as a good spy flick – there's just something irresistible about secret agents, intrigue, and double crosses.Children especially seemed to be naturally drawn to playing the role of a detective, lookout, reporter, or undercover spy. Give a kid a cardboard box, a pair of binoculars, some free time, and you will have a “not so secret” shadow watching your every move.
Unfortunately, some kids grow up to be double agents of their Christian faith. An encouraging 94% of Christians who compose the “millennial” generation (23-38 years old) agree that coming to know Jesus is the best thing that can happen to them. Yet almost half of that same group believe it’s wrong to share one’s faith with others. Many young adults are posing as double agents of the Christian faith. They understand its value for their lives, but are unwilling to share its power with others. In fact, choosing to withhold the Good News from others may indicate a soil that is being choked out by the weeds of this world, rather than producing a harvest (see the Parable of the Soils-Matthew 13).
Our partnerships with parents, educators, and church leaders are vital to train this next Generation Z (22 and younger) to eagerly live out their faith in both word and action. Rather than training spies, we want to train soldiers in God’s Kingdom. The true identity of a successful spy is never known. As believers in Christ, we want our identity to be fully known by others. Just as a soldier is known by their discipline, countenance, and uniform, believers should be known by their love for God and others, desire to bring glory to God, and a life full of grace, joy, and kindness (see the New Testament for a more complete list of God’s design for each of us).
It is challenging for believers to live out their faith in this culture where good is called evil and evil is called good. Yet we know of the truth, the way, and the life. Families who partner with Christian schools have a convenient talking point to enter into meaningful conversations of faith. May we not only train this next generation to let their light shine in a dark world, may we model that ourselves.
– Adam Kronberger / Head of School