Dear Editor,



I am a youth pastor in Destin and I was intrigued by Ron Hart’s article "I won't blow smoke up your graduation gown." With each paragraph, I found myself nodding, and recognizing his point, which is clearly at work in the middle and high school students I interact with each week.



To read Ron Hart's column, click here.



His article has the heart of someone who is genuinely wanting to see a turn of the tides toward a more healthy society, and I don't believe that someone who chooses his line of profession is without the hope of effecting change on some level. This change toward health is why I am a youth pastor and when challenged by a fire alarm, I don't run for safety, but look for a hose.



Completely engaged, the end of your article came abruptly. I am left looking for the answer to "how?”



I'm not asking how to change the world in an easy 3-step-over-10-years formula. The only answer to genuinely change hearts of stone into hearts of flesh (Ezekiel 36:24-26) is the love of God (John 3:16-17) through the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12) fulfilling its role (Matthew 28:18-20).



Your focus was on the young generation having victim mentalities, feeling entitled, laziness and apathy. What are some first steps to build momentum against these? I had a professor who always said, "You don't have to do everything, just do something."



Do you have a recommendation on what that "something" would be?



 



Dominick Farone
Destin