The Next Generation

Joshua 2:And the people served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great works of the Lord, that he did for Israel. And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died, being an hundred and ten years old. And they buried him in the border of his inheritance in Timnathheres, in the mount of Ephraim, on the north side of the hill Gaash. 10 And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the Lord, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel. 11 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and served Baalim: 12 And they forsook the Lord God of their fathers, which brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods of the people that were round about them, and bowed themselves unto them, and provoked the Lord to anger.

This is a distressing passage. To think that the children of Israel had come through all they had and then come to this is disappointing.  Joshua and Caleb were the only ones from their generation who were allowed to enter Canaan.  Those born during the wanderings were led into the extended conquest of Canaan transforming it into the land of God.  We see the passing of Joshua and the generation who experienced God’s miraculous victory over the enemies. They saw the pillar of cloud by day and fire by night.  The saw Mount Sinai quake and witnessed the Ten Commandments.  They saw the raising of the tabernacle of God.  When these people passed a new generation of infidels took over.

It reminded me of today. What’s happening? Everyone wants a piece of our children and grandchildren.  The media, Hollywood, music, and even the government want to teach what they see as right and wrong.  It’s not values but a de-valuing.  We didn’t used to worry about the education system until kids got into college.  We all know that liberals have been teaching anti-God, atheistic agendas since the 1960’s.  I’ve had many young people come to me upset at what professors were telling them.  It upset their faith in God.  In the past 20 years we’re seeing it in early grade school teachings.  We worry about what kids are hearing.  They are taught to question Christianity and embrace other religions.  They are subtly taught about confusion of the sexes and alternate lifestyles.  Kids can’t even be innocent in their youth anymore because of what the system is teaching them.  There is a bombardment of evil.

In the time of the judges and the passing of the generation that conquered the land we find a people that did evil and forsook God.  The shape of the home is a wreck.  It’s under the main bullseye of the devil.  Homes today are dismantled hurting any chance of a generation being saved.  We witness our kin people, especially the young, who are vulnerable and into the things of darkness instead of light.  They pursue selfish, worldly things.  They’re not taught things like literature and math or working with their hands and how to have common sense.  Everything is politically and socially motivated.  They are like robots on a production line.  Those who don’t try to learn go through on even ground with those who excel as if they are on the same footing.  It’s almost like parents need to de-program their kids after a day of school.  If the Lord doesn’t come back soon it will get harder and harder to get our young people saved.

Without the older generation the younger generation of Israel couldn’t stand on its own.  The best thing we can do is teach the young the ways of God and live before them by a good example.  When we draw our last breath we want our family to continue on in the Lord.  Show them how to be a Christian on their own two feet.

In Moses and Joshua’s day they followed the Lord but when a dry spell came in the desert or they came against an enemy they complained to God.  It rubbed off on the younger ones.  Kids watch what we do.  School bus drivers will tell you that vile talk comes from first graders as much as high schoolers.  Look at the last verse in the book of Judges.  In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.

Is this not today?  The teaching is you can be whatever you want and it’s okay.  You can wear what you want and it’s okay.  Anything is okay until you mention Christianity.  That’s not all right.  The world doesn’t want to hear it.  Our younger generation needs our witness, our example.  They don’t need the worldly standards.  They need godly standards.  We have to set an example 24/7.  We need to show them our relationship with God.  We need to pray at home and read the Bible there.  We need to bring them to church and help them see the instruction of God.

We’re not a perfect congregation.  The only one perfect is God and the only thing perfect is the Bible.  Let’s do our best to set a good example.  It’s not our job to prove people wrong; show them how right God is.  When we leave this world, let it be with our Bible open.  Let us leave a generation who will carry this church on after us.

We don’t want our next generation to be one of infidels.  There is still hope because God still saves.  Let’s not make the mistake that this generation in Israel did.  May those who follow us pick up the torch.  With God all things are possible.  He’ll help us carry it out.

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