The Role of The American Christian Teenager in Global Christianity

In a recent column for the Daily Beast, Kirsten Powers spoke of the silence of the Western/American church as Global Christians are facing unprecedented persecution. Whether this persecution is in the form of the Syrian slaughter of Christians just recently, or, the oppression of Christians in other Middle East countries and Africa, it has become normal to kill Christian believers.

Powers writes in her column, “Christians in the Middle East and Africa are being slaughtered, tortured, raped, kidnapped, beheaded, and forced to flee the birthplace of Christianity.” She continued, “One would think the horror might be consuming the pulpits and pews of American churches. Not so. The silence has been nearly deafening.”

As Kirsten Powers is exposing American Christians’ and their failure to advocate for their brothers and sisters around the world, I want to challenge The American Christian Teenager to two things in The Coming Teen Decade that we have just entered. It is 2013. And the next 7 years only happens once a century. We need to take our place on the global landscape of Christianity and to stop worrying about the next movie to hit the screens, the next game to come out on X-Box, or the next album from an industry ICON. I want to challenge all of The American Christian Teenagers to the greatest prayer and fasting the world has ever seen. And, secondly, to live it publicly.

First, that we live private lives of prayer and fasting for global believers

How? It's easy. Break up your prayer into days. Something like this:

MONDAY - Prayer for yourself and spiritual disciplines
TUESDAY - Prayer for global leaders, missionaries, church leaders, and Christians
WEDNESDAY - Prayer for revival in the American church
THURSDAY - Prayer for all students, faculty, staff of middle and high schools in America
FRIDAY - Prayer for the lost and un-churched students globally
WEEKENDS - Praying in the Spirit for boldness and power to live it all over again on Monday

Additionally, I would like to call all teenagers to fast for lunch on Fridays. Just a few hours. And to pray for all of these things above and review your prayer week in 30 minutes every Friday.

Second, that we live public lives that profess that power gained from private intercession

If we are going to meet the task of an American renewal, we must ask for the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Our natural attempts are not working. And they never have worked so it should not surprise us. If someone doesn't stand for Christianity now, someone else is going to stand against it. And if that happens, as it already is in other parts of the world, we are going to see persecution in America as we are seeing it in the East.

We can do this with a few changes:

-SUPPORT A GLOBAL MISSIONARY with your own finances
-PRAY OVER YOUR MEAL publicly at school or with your friends when you are out to eat
-USE THE CLASSROOM for Godly speeches or conversation and apologetics
-PLAY CHRISTIAN MUSIC in your car or when your friends are over
-ASK GOD FOR PROPHETIC WORDS of wisdom and knowledge for people

In almost 30 years of ministry, and, in reading the stories of previous American Christians, I have seen movements in the US that have approached viral proportions. Almost. An almost revival. But, what most American Christian Teenagers have lacked is true intercession and fasting. Jesus called it a "this kind" of ministry. It was different. And that took persistence and sacrifice.

History is clear that every renewal of significance in America was begun by young people. And the Spirit is no less powerful and real today. As Powers begs for Western Jesus-followers to be more aware or engaged on this issue of global persecution of Christians, I want to challenge The American Christian Teenager to two simple and attainable efforts. Personal prayer and fasting. And public profession of that power.

The church today in America knows the Father. They talk openly about the Son. But, if the American church does not see a baptism of the Spirit and His power upon us for greater works, we are going to miss our opportunity to take our place in world affairs. We cannot lose a generation of Christian young people to silence. I believe that the Spirit's role in our lives is to stand us up publicly and give us a voice. We just gotta make a few changes.