Every generation has a responsibility and a duty, which is to properly guide the next generation in the nurturing and admonition of the Lord. My generation unfortunately is not guiding the following generation correctly.
I get the amazing opportunity, by the grace of God, to go out soul-winning every week of the world. When we go out I get to meet new people each time. The answers received from people when I ask if they are 100% for sure that they are going to heaven are astounding. The answers will be such as; “I am a good person so I am going to heaven”, “I go to church sometimes so I’m all set,” “No one can really know for sure” and many more like this. What I have found extremely disheartening, when talking to people around my age. The answers are more like, “Umm, nah I’m good man”, “I really don’t want to give up my life”, I don’t care what happens to me after I die.” These answers are just a few of what I hear from my generation. Because this has become the “normal” of what is going on in America, many of the ones who want to serve God are actually giving up the fight. I am one of those who at times become weary from the downfall of so-called “Christianity” that has been vastly spreading, even into the churches. Below are two questions that I am hoping to answer using scripture.
What will happen to the next generation?
We can find this answer in the Bible. Proverbs 30:11-14 11There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother. 12 There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness.13 There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! and their eyelids are lifted up.14 There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men. If my generation continues to be the way that they are this will happen to the following generation, as you can already see in the children today. You can see the lack of respect that kids have today for adults, the way that they talk to their parents, teachers, and even pastors. This is the generation of vipers that Matthew 23:33 is talking about. Biting back at any chance they can get. This, in my opinion, will be the generation that will bring about the second coming of Jesus Christ. What is sad is that the world has made itself more appealing than true Christians have. The ones in my generation, that work for a church, act like it’s a just another job or that it’s a burden, but if they looked at it like it was their whole life than it would be something that is more appealing to the next generation.
What can we do to change this?
I will first start with telling you what we cannot do, which is to give up on the fight. Jude 3 “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. This tells us that we have to fight for the faith with everything we got left in us. There is a battle out there that is stronger than it ever has been before. The “Technology Age” has taken its toll on many people and Christians today. The best way we can fight back is not to falter and to continue serving. We will get tired but God told us this in Isaiah 40:31 “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. The fight is hard and it will get discouraging because it is a lonely road that we as young preachers travel, but we cannot give up the fight and we cannot go back on the call that God has placed in our lives. Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, keep fighting and serving the Lord because it is up to our generation to be the change for the next generation.