Alvin Reid is a professor of evangelism and student ministry at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has a blog at Christian Post and writes frequently about the millennial generation and their desire to make a difference for Christ in this world in ways that older generations have not. Millennials have a special place in his heart, not only because his teaching ministry focuses on those who are meeting them face to face on a daily basis, but also because he is father to two millennials.
In this post, Dr. Reid discusses a unique way of recognizing young adults and teenagers who are interested in social justice and doing something small, but powerful, to help others who are neglected and in need–by their shoes. Here is a taste:
Social justice. The phrase evokes a variety of images from a Social Gospel Movement that had very little gospel, to a renewed focus on mercy ministries in the name of the gospel. From the Christian collegiate gathering Passion 2012 which raised $3 million to fight human trafficking at its event in January to American Idol to new shows dotting television this year, a focus on giving to others has been growing for some time. Fueled by a younger generation weary of the consumerism of the times, TOMS shoes illustrates a very vital link in understanding this generation: they want to help those in need. From invisible children to human sex trafficking, from orphan care to cutters, this generation has a penchant toward activism that helps the less fortunate and the broken.
Talk to student pastors interested in getting the good news of Jesus Christ to their community and you will hear stories of meeting needs in order to share Christ. Talk to a group of teenagers in your church and, unless your youth group is the stereotypical games-driven crowd interested only in themselves, you will find some who are burdened for a friend who is a cutter or a cause like adoption. Our Hannah already plans to adopt. I recently met a 14-year old girl in one of the largest Southern Baptist churches in North Carolina who has made no small stir via social media to raise awareness of human trafficking.
Read the rest here.