This is hardly breaking news. If you’ve been paying any attention at all to what’s going on regarding religion and the youth of the world you already know the newest major religion is: No Religion. “Nones” (pronounced like the word nuns) now make up the second largest religious group in North America and most of Europe.
Millennials, the generation that would rather text than talk, don’t write checks and have no land line phones in their homes, see no problem with a world devoid of Judeo-Christian faith. So what if that faith affected everything from their country’s founding, rulers and laws to its borders and architecture? Ask a millennial, “Is God dead?” and their answer may very well be, “God who?”
Coming up fast behind Millennials are the Linksters—children born after 2002 and so called because they are the first generation to be linked into technology from day one.
Many of these kids will grow up never knowing how God used Moses to lead His people to the Red Sea and Pharaoh’s army got “drownded.” They will not ever hear of a city named Sodom and Gomorrah so evil it was destroyed by God with fire and brimstone. And they will probably miss out on the thrilling story of an orphan girl who won a beauty pageant, became queen and saved her people from annihilation.
Those stories are not now,
nor will they ever be, told in public school
I know what you’re probably thinking:
So what? How does that apply to me?
The “cultural bushel” may be closing in—in many areas it may already have—but as long as you’re alive with the eternal light of Christ aflame in your spirit you can choose to be a bushel burner!
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16
- Tuck those little ones in with a mix of Bible stories along with Thomas The Train.
- Stop and thank God for His blessings at every meal—at home and in public.
- God to church – especially when you have houseguests – and take them with you.
- Don’t let unmarried couples shack up in your Christian home – honor their relationship with separate sleeping quarters.
- When others see you reading Christian literature, don’t sheepishly close your book. Invite them to talk to you about what you’re reading.
- Keep being your special “you” that lets others see and know the love of Christ.
“Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What’s a sundial in the shade?”
Make ’em wonder whatcha got.
Make ’em wish that they were not
On the outside looking bored.
Let it shine before all men.
Let ‘em see good works and then
Let ‘em glorify the Lord.
Lyrics from the song:
Shine by the Newsboys
And here’s something to share with others:
The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People written in chronological order.