When one examines the trouble in the nation’s campuses, the trouble with draft dodgers, hippies, yippies, etc., one can only feel disgust for these rebellious youth. They ask themselves, “Why must things be this way?” Because they do not like the way things are, they decide to change them. This is not so bad in itself, but the way they try to change things is wrong.
We, as Christian youth, are also coming to the age when we must ask ourselves, “Why must things be this way?” When we were younger, we were told by our elders, “Because I say they must be this way,” or simply, “Because they must be this way.” These answers were good enough then, but now we must know why we must do some things and may not do others. We must know why we believe the way we do. As Christian young people coming to the age of discretion, we must ask ourselves these questions. We must wonder “Why?” in order that we can give a good answer when asked by the world, “Why don’t you do the things that we do?” and “Why do you believe the way you do?”
When the Protestant Reformed young person looks at the world around him, he will see that by the world’s standards, he has been brought up in a strict environment. For this, he may be thankful. He may thank God that he was brought up to believe the Word of God as it is taught in the Apostles’ Creed, the Heidelberg Catechism and the Canons of Dordt. With this kind of bringing up, the Christian, Protestant Reformed young person can answer, with the grace of God, the questions, “Why?” with the answers, “I believe the way I do because I have faith given me by God,” and “I do the things I do because I have been redeemed and regenerated. I can no longer desire to walk in sin as I did before.”
Originally Published in:
Vol. 29 No. 7 November 1969