Sadly today’s youth are being raised in a secularized society that has widely dismissed God and the church community.
From a young age our children are taught that human beings are simply randomly evolved accidents. The concept of a human ‘soul’ has been widely discredited and replaced with a consumerist ideology that defines happiness with ownership and material/physical pleasures.
Hunger for such vanity drives a consumer culture of constant change; as a result people are becoming more insular and divisive. We are already seeing evidence that this dissatisfying environment of endless instability has limited the secular child’s capacity to lay down roots for themselves and build support networks (real friends).
Our nation’s youth cry out “who am I and why am I here?” And our post-Christian society answers “you are a randomly evolved accident defined by what you consume or produce, in a godless society, void of meaning and purpose”.
It is fair to say our modernity has created an unnatural period in human history.
Church attendance has dropped to below 2% of the population and as a result our widely accepted moral framework has decade leading to the breakdown of family.
The number of children raised outside of marriage has increased by 29.7% in the last decade and there are over 2 million children in the UK growing up in single parent homes. There is no coincidence that in this same period, prescriptions of anti-depressants have increased by 50.4% as humanity wrestles to define ‘self-worth’ and ‘community’ in our godless nation.
The world moves so fast today, anyone would struggle to identify themselves with anything. Nothing in life is certain; not marriage; a home, even your gender is now up for debate. There is no such thing as a job for life; music, fashion, politics and technology are all rapidly changing to meet the demands of our culture of consumption.
With no real community to align to and no real meaning given to their existence, our youth are at a loss. Change is the only constant and as a result everything is perceived as interim.
Our youth are growing up in a world that offers; instant, on demand gratification. As a result they will never be content, their relationships (sexual or platonic) will become empty, vain and un-trusting and their decision making defined not by morality, but by the democratic desires of a virtual community.
So what is the answer to this gloomy diagnosis?
In short – the Gospel!
Our nations youth have been born into a unique age of constant flux and we have a responsibility to share with them the eternal and unchanging word of God, the solid foundation of the word made flesh (Jesus Christ) and the real love and community found in His bride the church.
As Christians we must prayerfully embrace every opportunity to share the Gospel with young souls, and give them time, so they feel comfortable to ask us the question “who am I and why am I here?” so that we can answer with great purpose and meaning “You are a child of God, you have a purpose.”
To have an identity in Jesus Christ means total contentment and a better life. He is eternal and His work unchanging, Calvary cannot be undone!
Only Jesus can fill the void caused by today’s social ideology and only He can offer the stability, permanence, purpose and community of love (the church) that every human being needs to thrive.
Knowing Jesus will be of the greatest benefit to today’s youth, as they grow up in this ever changing world and it is our job to tell them the Good News!
Gird up your loins!