By Roy Burner (Minister of the Gospel)
Youth of today without Bible knowledge or conviction, can readily be influenced by an immoral society that targets such through indoctrination of ungodly lifestyles condemned in God's Word.
We are seeing the results of this ungodly persuasion through many who are placed in office by the voting public. The youth are targeted because they are easily influenced with little regard towards an older generation's influence. In the Book of Timothy the Greek word for youth applied to men 40 years of age and younger.
Scripture reveals that a newly crowned King forsook the counsel of the older men, who had advised his father, instead consulting with the young men he had grown up with, and heeded their advice: But he forsook the counsel of the old men, which they had given him, and consulted with the young men that were grown up with him, and which stood before him (1 Kings 12:8).
The king became an even greater taskmaster than his father with the people of the land revolting and rejecting him as king: For he had spoke to them after (or according to) the counsel of the young men, saying, My father made your yoke heavy, and I will add to your yoke: my father also chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions (or scourges with points) (1 Kings 12:14).
In our present day setting we are seeing the wisdom of an older generation being brushed aside; as newly proclaimed ways of a younger generation are adopted.
There is a tendency to withdraw from sound biblical instruction with leaning towards more lucrative ways. A study found Generation Z (those born in the 90's through the early 2000's) to be the least religious in America's history and less likely to attend church services.
The most common reason, among those in that category, was that "church is not relevant to me personally" and that they would "find God elsewhere." A Sunday school commentary noted: Tragically, most of the 7.5 billion people on earth do not live in right relationship with God. These statistics reveal there is a withdrawing of young and old alike from a consecrated walk with God!
We are seeing a moving away from the oracles of Biblical teachings rather than allegiance to the Word of God. There is a new generation, in the youth of today, giving over to the cultural shift that no longer holds the values of yesteryear. Scripture gives the reversal of such: Be you steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as you know that your labor is not in vain (or futile) in the Lord (1 Corinthians 15:58).
Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to your word (or the Word of God) (Psalm 119:9). It is sad that many youth of today fail to recognize the importance of adhering to God's Word; but thank God for those who have come to such a realization!
An encyclopedia noted some past influences towards the youth: One was an organization set up by Adolf Hitler for educating and training male youth in Nazi principles. It later became a state agency that all German youth were expected to join. This was back in the 30's but there is remnant, of the youth today, who are still influenced by such.
In the 60's there was a youth subculture, in many countries, viewed as extreme right-wing nationals with racist views. They rejected any youthful counterculture movement towards decency in behavior, peace and love, with deliberate cultivated aspects of behavior that was far removed from such an ideal.
More recently a news article expounded on the youth of today acceptability towards the promotion of ungodliness. The headline: Scouts doing a disservice to boys and girls. The Boy Scouts latest announcement blurs gender distinctions, and should convince parents to exercise more care in choosing youth groups for their children.
In the culture of today many see no wrong in homosexuality or gender misappropriation being a factor. We are seeing a society that has drifted into the present day status of ungodliness; with God's Word being forsaken, rather than instrumental in the lives of the youth.
There are youth organizations, both in the past and present, that promote a culture of life based on individual rights, family involvement, and personal development, that benefit a godly society rather than tear it down. The youth of today need to adopt such traits rather than any anti-establishment agenda being promoted.
Those who would mislead the youth of today; through vain words and seduction, may be found wanting and weighed in the balances as proclaimed to King Belshazzar: You are weighed in the balances, and are found wanting (Daniel 5:27); unless repentance comes into the forefront.
Youth of today, who forsake the Word of God, living in an ungodly lifestyle, are held accountable, unless they come to the acknowledgment of the truth, through Jesus Christ being their Lord and Savior.
Scripture reveals: For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23). He that believes on the Son (the Lord Jesus Christ) has everlasting life: and he that believes not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abides (or remains) on him (John 3:36).
Scripture gives advice to the young: Rejoice, O young man in your youth; and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth, and walk in the ways (or impulses) of your heart, and in the sight of your eyes (or as you see to be best); but know you, that for all these things God will bring you into judgment. Therefore remove sorrow (or vexation) from your heart, and put away evil from your flesh; for childhood and youth (or one's prime of life) are vanity (Ecclesiastes 11:9-10).
Encouragement was given as well as a warning to purse the right course in life and avoid any obstacles that would trip one up. There are many who would attempt to distract the youth of today; from the ways of righteousness, towards the appeasement of the flesh.
Paul instructed Timothy, a young evangelist, to continue in the things which you have learned, and have been assured of; knowing of whom you have learned them; and that from a child you have known the holy scriptures, which is able to make you wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 3:14-15).
Let no man despise your youth (or look down upon it); but be an example of the believers, in word, in conversation (or conduct), in charity (or love), in spirit, in faith, and in purity (1 Timothy 4:12). The words of the apostle John to the youth: I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the wicked one (or Satan) (1 John 2:14).
The youth of today; the leaders of tomorrow, can become a valuable asset to society; if nourished in the Word of God rather than seduced by the sinful society of today!
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