Sixth grade kids now know as much or sometimes even more about other world religions than they do about their own faith. Public Schools who once saw the wisdom of Moses’ words and warnings no longer allow his voice to be heard there. It’s not their job, but our sacred task to teach them the apostolic faith. Our young people have honest questions about God that didn’t even occur to me until college. In truth, I haven’t time enough to explore them all, I need your help. You parents and grandparents, aunts and uncles and sponsors… There are answers to their questions, good answers for hard questions, that require patience and careful instruction. We’ve got our work cut out for us, but the Word of the Lord endures.
Trite, pat answers, slogans and memes just won’t do, not about Christ, worship or about the Christian life. Fortunately, God did not call Father Facebook, Bishop Bing or the Rev. Dr. Google to be your Pastor. He calls a living, breathing blood-bought man to help encounter and explore real questions, in a patient, faithful, loving and ongoing way. God has not abandoned you His people nor His pastors, but He remains present for them all in His Word and Sacrament ministry. His Holy Spirit always works there for you. He calls out, gathers in, and enlightens His Church in the darkness of this earth. There He sanctifies and keeps them one and all with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.