I love the name of the Willow Creek Youth Ministries Conference where I gave last night’s keynote speech. Conspire literally means to breathe together. It is almost impossible not to conjure up the contemporary meaning which suggests that people are pursuing a legal end while performing an illegal activity. Kids today practically need a conspiracy for people to gather in their name with their ultimate purpose in mind. Adults spend a lot of time searching for weaknesses; their employees’, their family’s, their students’—children don’t have this kind of time to waste–because probing for weakness is a waste of time. And in this brief moment of a life we are given, wasting time is simply wrong.
I meet so many parents who home school their children simply because they feel they cannot afford to have their children waste time. They say that for every negative a person hears about himself, it takes five positive statements to balance it out. I’d say most children are experiencing a real emotional deficit if this is the case. How long will it take each child to undo the negatives they begin hearing so early in their lives? That is the real conspiracy—a world where the adults keep the children from experiencing the rightful knowledge of who they are uniquely meant to be. Discovering strengths is a matter of justice and the time has come to break up the weakness conspiracy.