I think that many American Christians and churches are raising a generation of people who, like the Pharaoh who did not know Joseph, do not know the past and are headed the wrong way. We may be raising a generation of children, probably following the example of many adults, who prefer entertainment over truth, who are no longer content to sit and learn, but condemn as boring any teaching or any music that is not attached to a video screen, iPad, or smartphone.
We are raising a generation of children in America who know more about Lebron James than Martin Luther, preferring to play than pray, who are willing to watch Bible stories as long as they are dressed up as cartoon vegetables, but who do not know the reality of the power of God—a generation that knows nothing of the Reformation or revivals, but can talk non-stop about Disney or superheroes or the latest worldly musicians wrongly called artists. I am glad to see some children’s books that have come out in recent years that actually do teach about some of the heroes of the faith. Sadly, many children and adults do not want to read and so never learn from the examples of those who have gone before us. We are far too ignorant of the Hebrews 11-12 hall of fame—of the great cloud of witnesses.
We have a generation of Christians that no longer cares to wait together in the Upper Room.
While Stephen could without notice summarize the Biblical history of Israel and spontaneously quote from Genesis, Exodus, Deuteronomy, the Psalms, Daniel, Isaiah, and Amos, we have a generation that has not even read the Psalms, Isaiah, Deuteronomy, or Amos. We can tell others what we believe, but not what the word of God says.
We are raising a generation—even in the church–that does not turn to the word of God for answers, but instead turns to business models or the latest trends.
And so, from music to the message, we want to please ourselves rather than God, and even what we often refer to as worship if far more about us than about the God who is to be the object of our worship. We do not ask what He wants or what pleases Him, but we ask what we like and want—without much regard to God’s thoughts. So, while God tells us to dress modestly, we see Christian women dressing in short skirts, tight shirts, and even in skin-tight clothing under the excuse of getting exercise. We even allow our daughters to wear skin-tight barely-there shorts just so they can play volleyball at school! Why do we not ask what God says? I am glad to hear the rare stories of parents who still do take Biblical positions, not playing sports on the Lord’s Day, refusing to dress immodestly, etc. We have let our culture determine our standards, rather than coming out from among the world and being separate and showing the world that we live by a different—a higher—set of standards than they know.
I would like to hear your thoughts. How are you setting Biblical standards in your church or family? What are some good reports that you have heard of those who have dared to be different—more like Jesus?