Yes, you can count on me to be your “friend.” Let me give you some
“fatherly” advice. Dear Young Person:
Do you at times feel neglected, that no one is interested in you?
Please do not ever feel that way again. I am keenly interested in you,
for I realize that you are most impressionable in your youth. I cannot
reach many of your “old fogy,” “know it all,” “set in their ways”
parents. Consequently, perhaps most of my most valuable time,
attractive “tactics,” and smooth conversion “techniques” are spent
One, do not spend much time in studying the Bible. I want to help
you make vital decisions, those which will affect you for a lifetime,
even for eternity. However, those who meditate upon the Word of
God find themselves not desiring to listen to me. Do not feel that you
need to quote scriptures, like Christ when He was tempted.
Two, please do not really think that you need to attend every worship
service. Just look at the examples of many so-called Christians who
are grown; when you grow up, you will be able to forsake the
assembly also. You see, you too will learn that other things are more
Three, it is vital to remember that you are young only once. My,
everybody has the “right” to sow his wild oats, does he not? Have you
not observed that religion is really for old folks? Besides, do you wish
to give the impression to your friends that you are a coward, that you are
not the master of your own life, that you cannot think for yourself?
Four, expect the church to entertain you. Do you not have every right to
expect the same excitement within and without the worship of the church
that you receive from television, the movies, at the ball park, etc.? If they do
not have a comedian in the pulpit and a ministry of recreation, be loud in
If this fails, show your disapproval by staying home or by seeking out a
church which is “really interested” in young people. Remember, “ask not
what you can do for the Lord, but rather what He and the church can do for
you”! Five, demand a Bible that reads like a comic book. No one should
expect you young people to study hard to understand God’s will for your
lives. It is just so frustrating not to have a “Bible” that you can understand.
Certainly, that old archaic King James Version and even the American
Standard Version are just beyond your ability to grasp.
Six, do not let anyone tell you how to live your life. Anyway, how can one
really “know the truth” from a Bible so full of contradictions? Oh, have
you been told you can trust the Bible? Do not believe it! Your guess as
to what the Bible teaches is as good as that of anyone else. Besides, have
you not heard? It is the age of “do your own thing.” Have you not
learned by now that certain things are “wrong” only in certain situations?
What was “wrong” when your parents came along (dancing, drinking,
smoking, immodest dress, gambling, sex outside of marriage, drugs, etc.)
is not wrong now. They warn you of these “forbidden pleasures” only
because they do not want you to have a good time.
If any of your friends need to feel “loved,” pass my letter on to them.
However, if your parents, the elders, or the preacher see it, they may not be
impressed. I am interested in having you spend eternity with me, also.
Your friend (?),