Sinning only counts when you’re an adult. Pre marital sex, drugs, lying, stealing, disrespecting your parents and other elders, lust etc. It is all voided if you’re 18 and under.
Is this the message that we are telling our youth? Is this what the next generation has learned from us? We all claim to teach them about God and living righteously but are we really? So many “teacher” of the Gospel have decided to sugarcoat it. They want to make it so “relatable” that it loses its weight and ability to convict. Have we reduced God, Christ and the Holy Spirit to fictional buddies that you can pick up or throw away whenever you feel like it?
In today’s society our youth are the ones who are on the front lines. Economically trying to find their way with careers and everyday living. Financially learning how to be wise with their spending, saving and charity. Physically (especially my black sis/bro), surviving in a heightened violent society. Emotionally trying to understand their feelings and to express them non violently, firm but not passively. Spiritually figuring out who they are. Who it is that covers them, guides/corrects and loves them unconditionally. Fighting against entities and principalities they have not been taught about. We have left them UNARMED.
Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it.- Proverbs 22:6
This next generation is being attacked so hard and they have no idea. They actually believe that their savior is the enemy. Freedom! freedom to walk, freedom to run, freedom to “netflix and chill” straight into hell.
This next generation is all about the visual. They learn from seeing and interaction rather than reading, meditating and understanding. we’ll have to break down that part later. But the problem is what they are seeing. Leaders, ministers, pastors, deacons, deaconesses, teachers, parents, family, friends, and social media “Christians” all reading/saying one thing but living a totally different life than the one they are talking about. Who is teaching them how to be a servant of God? Who is teaching them how to walk with Christ? Who is showing them that yes WHEN you fall, you have to get back up, repent and keep moving on the path of righteousness? Who can and will teach them?
So many want to be “Christians in the trenches”. Without even understanding what it truly means to be a CHRISTians- a disciple of Christ. A disciplined follower of Christ. What I mean by in the trenches is; the strip clubs, dabbling in drugs occasionally, lusting online ( porn or liking half naked pictures all day) Yes, places and people who participate in such activities are the ones we need to reach out to. But one lesson, I’ve learned in reading about Jesus’ travels is that although he went among the “dirty, perverted and discarded people” he never participated or condoned in any way what they were doing or saying. Rather than being pulled into their darkness, Christ welcomed them into his light.
We make it seem as if it’s okay for them to sin because they are young. We make grace seem like an everyday thing rather than a gift from God. We’ve removed death and hell as being consequences to sinning. It’s as if we’ve made God “reserved only” for older folks. We’ve given them false promises that they have tomorrow or years to get it right, when in reality their very next breath is not guaranteed.
What have we taught the next generation? What does that say about our own walk with Christ and the charge to spread the one true Gospel? It is time we quit trying to make everyone feel so comfortable. Everyone claims to be “real” and “keep it 100” all the time. We have got to stop sugarcoating the Gospel of Christ. Jesus Christ died for our sins, he rose again and went to prepare a place for his people. He is returning to come get his people. No one know the date/time/place. He has given us signs to indicate that he is close to return (signs that are in our faces especially today) We all, YOUNG and old need to be prepared and on watch. Old must teach the young… We need to prepare the next generation.
As for you, Titus, promote the kind of living that reflects wholesome teaching. 2 Teach the older men to exercise self-control, to be worthy of respect, and to live wisely. They must have sound faith and be filled with love and patience.
3 Similarly, teach the older women to live in a way that honors God. They must not slander others or be heavy drinkers.[a] Instead, they should teach others what is good. 4 These older women must train the younger women to love their husbands and their children, 5 to live wisely and be pure, to work in their homes,[b] to do good, and to be submissive to their husbands. Then they will not bring shame on the word of God.
6 In the same way, encourage the young men to live wisely. 7 And you yourself must be an example to them by doing good works of every kind. Let everything you do reflect the integrity and seriousness of your teaching. 8 Teach the truth so that your teaching can’t be criticized. Then those who oppose us will be ashamed and have nothing bad to say about us.- TITUS 2:1-8
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. …Ephesians 5: 1-5
Love ya to Peace,