Hopefully you avoided the movie "Spring Breakers" that came out in 2013. It was an indecent and offensive movie that highlighted the need for God's spirit to sweep across Florida beaches. But, it drew so much attention because it featured former wholesome Disney stars Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens in shocking lead roles.
The movie also captured the darkness and un-Christ-like environment that young people are exposed to while on break from high school or college. Unfortunately, the darkness masquerading as light is appealing to many students who want to lose themselves for a week. We know it's our sin nature, but our culture makes it acceptable, which makes it even more appealing.
That's why it's so important to reach future leaders and decision-makers with God's Word.
Students are at the crossroads of life - they could make irrational decisions that lead to massive regret or find true fulfillment through Jesus Christ. And, we really want them to find Jesus! According to travel site Orbitz, more than 50 percent of college students planned spring break trips in 2015. That's millions of students thinking about life choices.
When those students planned their trip to Florida, Texas, or California, they were thinking about belonging to something bigger than themselves. It's spring break - a gathering point for so many people. Yet, the end of that road is emptiness and unfulfillment because it's a temporary escape. We know that true "belonging" is being in God's family. That comes from a relationship with our Father and believing that Jesus is our savior, as identified in the Gospel of John.
But, how do you convince spring-breakers to drop what they're doing and follow Jesus when that person is so adamant about living it up? You let the Word of God do the talking!
Think about your position this Spring Break. You probably fall into one of three categories.
(1) You are traveling/know someone who is traveling for Spring Break.
(2) You live in a Spring Break hot spot.
(3) You will encounter a spring-breaker while vacationing with your family.