Talking to Our Youngest Generation

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This article challenges young Christians to become serious about their Christian life and stp "playing games" with God.

TALKING TO OUR YOUNGEST GENERATION

 

Introduction

 

I love people.  I love old people.  I love young people.  However, I also love God the Father whose plan I follow.  I am royalty.  I am a royal priest and a royal ambassador; and royalty, whether by physical birth or spiritual birth, always lives by a system of protocol.  I live by the protocol plan of God because I am royalty.  You say, “Protocol plan of God?  What’s the protocol plan of God?”  My answer:  It’s more than just a plan of God.  It’s more than the plan of God.  It’s the PROTOCOL plan of God.  “What do you mean by ‘protocol,’” you might ask.  R.B. Thieme, Jr., defined “protocol” in the following manner:

 

“Protocol is a rigid, long-established code, prescribing complete deference to superior rank and authority, followed by strict adherence to due order of precedence, coupled with precisely correct procedure.”

 

I concur with his definition, and it contains some pretty strong words:  rigid, complete, superior, strict, due order, correct, and precisely.  These words raise an important question.  For which Christians are these words applicable?  Are we to believe that the protocol plan is for “adults-only?”  It seems to me that when a person becomes a born-again believer -- whether old, young, or somewhere in between -- the law of volitional responsibility is not temporarily abrogated in favor of youth.  There is no grace period wherein God’s righteousness turns a deaf-ear or blind-eye away from the thoughts, speech, or actions of Christians simply because they may be young or new to the Christian way of life.  God forbid!  Why is it not made clear that every thought, spoken word, and action will be measured by God’s absolute righteousness, and that His justice stands prepared to immediately bless or curse depending upon whether the thoughts, speech, or actions of we as Christians are consistent with His protocol plan for our lives.

 

I am dismayed with us as Christian adults -- whether parents, youth leaders, church leaders, or friends -- for winking-at the thinking, speech, and actions of our youngest generation and saying nothing or do nothing about it.  Do we not have a responsibility to train our youngest generation and challenge them to the higher ground of the protocol plan of God for their lives?  I say yes!  Others may say no – not necessarily verbally -- but by their failure to exercise whatever legitimate authority may be theirs to challenge young people to consider their thoughts, speech, and actions that violate the freedom of those in their immediate environment while in pursuit of their own internalized goals.  Do we not have a constant responsibility to guide our Christian youth toward a consistent lifestyle that will honor the God who saved them.  This may not make you or me popular with our youth or their parents, but before God do we not have a responsibility to do so?  Are we in a popularity contest with America’s youth?  I hope not.  Would you not rather hear our Lord say, “Well done thou good and faithful servant?”  If not, our popularity will come only from among the youth whose thinking, speech, and actions we seem to tolerate -- and that will be the extent of our popularity.  My fear is that it won’t be a pretty picture at the bema seat of Christ.  Tough language?  Perhaps, but not nearly as tough as what we’ll hear at the bema seat when we hear the reverberating words of our Lord when He says, “I tried to tell you, but you wouldn’t listen!”

 

The remainder of this paper relates my comments delivered in love as a wake-up call to some Christian youth after returning from a Christian camp to which I had led them.  I have added some bracketed comments to further amplify the message.

 

Talking to Our Youngest Generation

 

Text:  1 Peter 3:17  “For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well-doing, than for evil doing.”

 

We are in a five-generation slide away from truth in this country.  Yours [our youngest generation] is the 5th generation [the one that has slid the furthest distance away from the absolute truths of God’s protocol plan for your life].

 

Most of you sitting here [today] are not listening to anyone but yourself and your peers, and yet you can’t figure out why your life is filled with so much pain and suffering.  [Peer pressure has greater impact than parental authority.]

 

Listen again to 1 Peter 3:17:  “For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well-doing, than for evil doing.”

 

Life is a spiritual battle; you’re in it; you don’t know it; you don’t understand it; you don’t believe it; and yet, you can’t understand why you’re suffering [and experiencing so much pain].  You want to blame everyone but yourself.  It’s [called] the “blame game.”  You blame your parents, your friends, the police, the government, the military, your teachers, your school — everyone and everything [else] but yourself for your own bad decisions.

 

Life is tough!  Grow-up!  Life isn’t about you!  It’s about God and His protocol plan for your life, and because others have failed and you have suffered, you have determined that God is a lousy God, your parents don’t know anything, and only you have the answers to life.  With tongue-in-cheek, my pastor gives this advice to teenagers:  “You need to leave home at age 16 while you still know everything because in just a few years you’re going to forget a lot.”  You see, you are your own worst enemy and will be until you finally get the picture.

 

Many of you sitting here today are “playing a game” with life, and in doing so, you use and abuse others with your “I” centeredness; and the [big] question is this:  How long will it take for you to finally get the picture?  Most of you won’t get the picture until some tragedy strikes, and when it does, have you considered the potential baggage you’ll carry for the remainder of your life?

 

Last weekend [March 2006], I took 16 teens to Birmingham to a “leadership conference.”  I knew before we left town that some were not serious about Christian leadership.  They were interested in a day out of school and a weekend away from mom and dad, but I took them anyway just to allow them to prove to themselves and to others that they were not serious--and they proved it—just like clock-work.

 

Kids, you think that you’re fooling somebody, but the only one you’re fooling is yourself.  Some of us weep for you, but you aren’t getting the picture.

 

How do you know when you’ve begun to grow-up?  It’s when you begin to make responsible decisions, taking the protocol plan of God for your life into consideration before you make those decisions.

 

Right now, you give every impression that you would rather suffer the pain of wrong-doing than suffer the pain of right-doing.  Why is this true?  It’s true because it’s the “nature of the beast.”

 

Truism:  Most people would rather suffer the pain of wrong-doing than suffer the pain of right-doing.

 

Why is this true?  Here’s why:

 

· Suffering is both natural and normal when functioning from the source of the old-man.

· New-man function is a choice, and therefore, unnatural and abnormal.

· If a choice is not made to function from the new-man, man defaults to old-man function.

· Old-man function is not a choice; it’s default function.

· Since old-man function is the norm in all human beings, and since suffering is the norm in old-man function, people conclude that suffering from old-man function can be expected; therefore, it makes no sense to your old-man to choose a path of righteousness that brings suffering since suffering will occur without having to make a choice to do so.

 

Point:  Why make an effort to choose suffering since you can suffer by default?

 

Your generation is taking the path of least resistance.  It works up to the pain level associated with right-doing instead of working through it.  It prefers to avoid the pain associated with pursuit of a righteous life while not understanding that life is filled with pain that cannot be avoided.  You’re going to suffer whether you like it or not – one way or another:  righteously or unrighteously.

 

The big question in life is whether you as Christians will ever decide to choose suffering for right-doing as opposed to suffering for wrong-doing.  The choice will always be yours.  Which will it be?


Submitted: January 01, 2009

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