by Richard Mansel, assistant editor
This generation faces more profound challenges than any previous American generation. Technology has arisen to bring unprecedented temptations to the table. We must take decisive action and make some deep changes in our lives. Their rescue requires that we pay a high price.
“When all that generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation arose after them who did not know the LORD nor the work which He had done for Israel” (Judges 2:10, NKJV).
Yet, this did not happen in a vacuum. A generation of children did not awaken one morning and collectively forget God. The previous generation bears some responsibility (Deuteronomy 6:5-9).
The parents and families of Generations Y and Z are largely culpable for creating the toxic world these young people inhabit. The sooner we realize this and begin to repair some of the damage we have done, the better off we will be.
Anyone who is honest could have seen this coming. The danger signs were readily apparent but we were too self-absorbed to notice. Without realizing it, we planted the seeds of destruction. We owe them an enormous apology.
A generation that is grossly insecure, spoiled, fatalistic, materialistic, oversexed, raunchy and rude cannot suddenly right itself. The wounds are too serious.
A typical child of our day is a veteran of a divorced home, parental drop-offs, summers away from friends, revolving family members, being used as pawns for custody battles, being bribed by family members for their allegiance and spending thousands of hours unsupervised before computers, mp3 players and televisions, where they subsist on a diet of profanity, illicit sex and innuendo.
They see their parents’ steady stream of lovers who see them as annoyances. Schools teach them that they evolved from apes and are no different from a slug. They come home to empty houses and abuse their bodies with sex, drugs, alcohol and cutting because they see only hopelessness around them. Why consider tomorrow, when they will be dead before it arrives.
It is amazing how their parents can be the most educated in American history and have no idea what is going on.
We must restore order to their lives and reclaim godliness and all that comes with it. We have given them an inexhaustible supply of bad examples and hypocrisy. We must stop doing so, immediately, and become God’s people in word and deed. We must stop fighting amongst ourselves and be holy.
We must rebuild two generations, theirs and ours, from the soul up. We must turn to God and let him heal our land. Psalm 85 speaks of God healing the land of Israel. His mercy came after the people repented and returned to him.
“Yes, the Lord will give what is good; And our land will yield its increase. Righteousness will go before Him, And shall make His footsteps our pathway” (Psalm 85:12-13).
The Apostle Paul urges the Ephesians to “walk worthy of [our] calling [in Christ]” (Ephesians 4:1). Our inattentiveness and sin have damaged their hearts and left them hollow. They need genuine Christian examples as role models.
There are wonderful young people in this generation, if we will help them heal and restore their faith. We must show them God’s way. The home must be restored and trust must be restored (Hebrews 13:4; Ephesians 5:21-6:4). We must end our selfishness and materialism today.
In the final article in the series, we will discuss how we can provide safe homes/lives for our children.