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The Jesus Movement that many of us embraced is passé to this century’s generations, the generations those over 57 are responsible for. Those of us over 57 can recall as if it was happening before our very eyes: the baptisms in the ocean, concerts in the street, long hair and bare feet in church, rock and roll preachers, Jesus Freaks, one-way fingers pointing heavenward. All of these images and more from the Jesus Movement are cemented in the minds of those who were there.
How can I ask our Millennials to embrace that which I witnessed and they didn’t?How can I invite someone to see the thousands who met Christ for the first time or those who were forever changed by the Holy Spirit? Can I help them capture how faith became real and Jesus Music exploded. Can they embrace how the Bible was recognized as the authority as we wrapped our arms around Jesus? While my memory does not deceive me, how can I ask a Millennial to step into the movement except by stating it was a real historic spiritual awakening where you could feel the spiritual electricity in the air?
Do you want to know what? I do not have to. There is a new audience for the “Jesus Movement” musicians. The non-churched Christians and non-Christian Millennials between the age of 24-39 who are currently undergoing the same social and religious upheavals of the ‘60s and ‘70s love the prophetic messages found in the Jesus Music of those early days.
So much so that Marti’s discipleship group of Millennials want to bring the music forward to a new audience — their fellow Millennials. They want to know what does the Jesus Movement’s prophetic message mean today in the lives of many? Will those who epitomized the best of the best of a movement that blew fresh air through the Church and society in general continue today to rally others around the message of Jesus? All questions our Millennials are looking to answer through their own YouTube Channel for Millennials by Millennials.
I might be jumping the gun — because I will admit nothing would make me happier than to have a new audience eager to offer a Christianity yet to see the light of twenty-first century day. But — it just might happen.
We just might be introducing a countercultural Christianity to those who love the Lord’s truth, but shy away from the issue-oriented messages found in many churches today.
We just might …