I was recently reading about Jeffrey Dahmer, an American serial killer who committed the rape, murder and dismemberment of 17 men and boys. The depths of evil that Dahmer went to are too hideous to describe in detail here, but the man took on the very face of evil. However, after confessing to his crimes in 1991, he began reading the Bible and became a Christian. Dahmer was baptized and met weekly with a minister to study the Bible and even questioned whether he was sinning against God by continuing to live after committing such egregious and heinous evil.
I never get tired of the Christmas story. The idea that the almighty infinite God, the creator of the universe, became a baby - a crying, smelly, helpless baby - is so unlike anything we could have ever imagined on our own. If you've ever read the Old Testament, you'll realize how truly remarkable this is. Prior to Jesus, whenever someone encountered God it was a terrifying experience! How did He appear to Moses? As a dove? No, as a smoldering bush of flame and smoke! He appeared to Israel as a pillar of fire, and to Job as a powerful and destructive tornado.
I recently read a shocking statistic from a study by the Barna Research Group that only 9 percent of professing Christians hold to a biblical worldview. It's no wonder then that today's Christians show little difference in how they live compared to their non-Christian counterparts. As a pastor who works with youth, I am all too aware of how this impacts teenagers in the church. Most statistics show that upward of 70-80 percent of teenagers leave the church when they turn 18 and never look back.