|"Multiculturalism, one of the biggest barriers to missions today!" -- Josh McDowell|
Josh McDowell was the Keynote Speaker at the 2011 Mission ConneXion Vision Banquet.
Thousands of young people--raised in the church--are leaving Christ as they enter their teens. The new generation is being taught to exchange the truth of God for a lie by a generation who has already done that. We are in the first generation in America and most countries of the world in which there has been a complete shift in where truth is and where it comes from.
For hundreds of years truth was rooted in a personal Creator God. Then came the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, and the Industrial Revolution, and all said, “We don’t need God….” Evolution goes yet further, eliminating even the concept of a personal Creator God, leaving man alone. The outcome is “tolerance,” or “multiculturalism”: All cultural values, beliefs, and claims to truth are equal and cannot be challenged. Multiculturalism, one of the biggest barriers to missions today, affects the ability of young people to respond to missions. It has failed us. Two European leaders have spoken out against it…the “WWI” on multiculturalism. In two to three years, multiculturalism may have its “WWII.” The church must be ready…but how? Josh McDowell focuses on one of the greatest needs in missions and how the church and Mission ConneXion must play a vital role in bringing the truth of God back into the mainstream.
The first time Josh attended Mission ConneXion Northwest, he was greatly impressed by its emphasis on education. He said, "125 seminars, over 25,000 through -- you can't go anywhere to find that!" Josh then defined the evangelical, fundamental, Christian youth of today and how they believe there is no truth beyond themselves. "Today, more than ever before, we have an epidemic of intellectual skepticism," Josh said. How do we combat this? With education. This is why Mission ConneXion is so crucial. Mission ConneXion is the resource to educate the church on modern missions in this world of change.
It’s imperative that Christians of all ages adapt to this changing world by using modern technology, especially to reach the younger generation. Missions must use it. We must connect churches with knowledge and education, and organizations with resources. Mission ConneXion has already done that with 1,000 churches in the Northwest! A dream has been born in Portland that could help the body of Christ to tie it all together. Resources and manpower that we haven’t yet tapped are out there. Take Josh’s words to heart and take this opportunity that’s been born out of Portland--Mission ConneXion.
Vision Banquet Video Links
Mission ConneXion Vision Banquet. February 19, 2011—Part 1
Mission ConneXion Vision Banquet. February 19, 2011—Part 2
Mission ConneXion Vision Banquet. February 19, 2011—Part 3
Mission ConneXion Vision Banquet. February 19, 2011—Part 4
Mission ConneXion Vision Banquet. February 19, 2011—Part 5
Mission ConneXion Vision Banquet. February 19, 2011—Part 6