Through The New Testament #10 — Why The Y2K Youth Movement is Dead
“And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him. Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.” (Matt. 17: 2–4)
Peter had by now spent several years following Jesus and had been actively involved in the work of the ministry. However, being on the mountain-top with Jesus, seeing Him transformed to His former glory, seeing the great Moses and Elijah at His side, gave him a taste of what Paradise will be like and, he didn’t want to leave. He was ready to build some shelters and remain there, in that little bit of heaven, indefinitely. But, Jesus had work to do among the people below and, to remain at Jesus’ side meant leaving Paradise.
Around the year 2000 a phenomenon took place among a small group of Christian young people. They felt the need to come together and pray that God would use them in some way. Soon, others expressed interest in joining them so they developed a youth conference where like-minded young people could come together and seek the Lord. The conference grew to the point where thousands of young people began attending from all over the country and even the rest of the world. And many others, seeing the success of the conference, followed the blueprint and started conferences of their own.
I had the privilege of being associated with the movement from its early stages and experiencing the blessing first hand. And, I could honestly say that, in my entire life, my experience with this movement has been the closest thing to paradise that I have ever tasted.
Today, over a decade later, I believe it is safe to say that, for all practical purposes, the movement is dead. And, the reason for this is simply that, like Peter, the movement became all about the mountain-top experience and not about the people below. No one took the time to figure out how to translate that experience into something practical for saving a lost world.
None the less, the lessons learned from this experience will never be lost. I believe that in this youth movement we have discovered the keys to changing our world. There WILL be another revival of the youth. Only this time, it will take place under mature leadership that understands how to channel the energy towards making a real change.
Originally published at mikemanea.com.