People have said it time and time again: If you want to see change, you need to change the next generation. This statement implies that we are enable to change an established mindset generated by society, beyond the ability to change (lost), or both. It almost has a “why bother” type of attitude. We’ve accepted that as truth, to some degree, but what does the Bible say? Doesn’t it contradict what we have accepted as a fundamental truth? And by accepting this statement, aren’t we minimizing how God can work not only through us, but His capacity to change the world for His glory. We are accepting the falsehood that we are lost– nothing more can be done- when this is far from the truth. Moreover, if we want to see a change in the following generations, the Bible actually says that change must first begin with us- we are to be the example of Christ to whom future generations will want to emulate.
Do We Have This Wrong?
“The righteous man who walks in integrity and lives life in accord with his [godly] beliefs– How blessed [happy and spiritually secure] are his children after him [who have his example to follow].” Proverbs 20:7 AMP
This scripture doesn’t just apply to families, it applies universally. Those who walk according to the Lord stand out. There is always something different about them that others key into. Many cannot place it, nor can they articulate why they may be drawn to a certain individual, but they are inexplicably drawn to the Christ in them. Time lapses, and conversations/curiosities begin to surface. Suddenly, an opportunity to share the gospel is presented. Will you accept the opportunity to change a life? Too many aren’t as bold as to share their faith, but if you truly want to make a difference, it can simply begin with sharing with one person.
How do you know that the person that you shared the gospel with is not the next greatest evangelist? We don’t know the calling on their life, but one voice can impact millions- right here, right now.
If You Want to Change the way Society has Programmed you to Think, All You Have to do is Expose the Falsehood.
It’s really just that simple. We don’t know what we don’t know. What we do know, we accept as truth until someone proves otherwise. It’s not about being lost, it’s about not being presented with the truth. The problem is that too many people are complaining about how the country is being run, what our children are being taught, and how the world as a whole is “getting worse” or further away from God. But how many of us are even doing anything about it? Okay, maybe we aren’t called to be a politician, but what about supporting one who exemplifies godly characteristics? Better yet, what about praying for our nation? Why aren’t we doing that? Why are we passively sitting by when our most powerful weapon is prayer? Do we not think that God can move over every situation?
Have you prayed that only godly laws would come into legislation? Have you prayed against laws that limit Christianity and our rights to freedom of religion? We need to believe that we serve a powerful God who can perform miracles. If 10% of the population can legislate laws that go against the Bible, and who probably don’t know God, then how greater is the prayer of millions of Christians? Furthermore, if you don’t like who is in office, pray that they have a God encounter!
“One man of you puts to flight a thousand, since it is the Lord your God who fights for you, just as he promised you.” Joshua 23:10 (Do the math!)
“For the Lord your God is he who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory.” Deuteronomy 10:4
“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.” Matthew 18:19
As for our children, who is standing up and saying that they disagree with what is being taught? Are we, as parents, having discussions with our children about what they have learned in school? Are we busy imparting the Word into them, or are we allowing the world to be imparted to them? There is a big difference in how they will grow up. When we don’t tell our children what the Word says over every situation, we are relying on a flawed system to educate our children in how they should both think and behave. For example…
That they should date young, because that’s what we do. If you turn on your television sets, children are dating at an increasingly younger age, and this is the image that is being presented to our children. It forces them to grow up too fast, and not to cherish the beauty and simplicity of youth. It teaches them to desire being older, and that being older is more enjoyable. It teaches them about how much fun it is to be “grown up”, but fails to teach them the responsibility of becoming older. Wisdom is never imparted to our youth because it isn’t cherished as a part of our culture, and many of them are learning the hard way. By the time they learn, many of them have been robbed of the innocence of youth.
The world will teach your children about hook ups, break ups, heartache, and romance. It will leave them scarred from the emotional experience of repeated break-ups, and the baggage that comes with it. Do our children really need to “shop around” for a mate, when we have a God who knows who that perfect person is? Do they really need to go through pain just to find that one person? For those of you who have gone through a teenage break-up, you know there is nothing pretty about it. It’s pretty painful- at any age.
The Bible Tells Your Children…
That God has a person specifically chosen for you. They are special, and if you wait for them, you can eliminate the heartbreak, heartache, and baggage that comes from repeated relationships. You can eliminate all of the negative self-talk, rejection, and wounds that come from dating multiple people. And how special is that first kiss when you know that this is the one that you will be with forever? That this is the one that you have been waiting for? This should be what we want, and what we fight for with our children.
Moreover, the world will minimize abstinence, and promote contraception. They say that it’s a “just in case” measure, because, “you know- hormones”, but they have really accepted that children will have sex. No one really teaches these impressionable minds the why behind the wait. No one romanticizes that. It’s just simply tossed aside as unrealistic, and a fairy tale. They dismiss what God can do, and how good it really is compared to Satan’s lies. We don’t promote the beauty of marriage anymore, nor the beauty in having sex inside of marriage. Nor how children truly need both parents active in their lives. No one tells them how hard it really is to raise a child on your own, or what to expect. No one teaches responsibility- just the feel good scenarios.
Change really begins with each one of us. We don’t have to wait for another generation to go by and comment about how messed up it is by the previous generation. Our generation is not lost- at least not permanently. They need to hear the truth because they are being told so many lies. It is only when we expose the lies for what they are that God’s truth will set us free. It is having those “hard” conversations with our children, standing up for what we believe in with our schools (if we won’t, who will?), and being the change that we hope to see. It is having a voice- whether you influence one person, or millions. But if no one speaks up and speaks out… How does anyone learn the truth?
To answer the question, no, the next generation isn’t lost. They are just opportunities that are waiting to hear the truth of God’s Word. The question is, will you be that voice of change? Will you be that voice over your own generation who needs Christ?