Watching the Olympics on television, I am impressed once again by the talented and dedicated young people who participate in these amazing athletic events. In the same way I am constantly amazed at the special young Christians who spend most of their summer vacation time by serving the Lord on mission trips to destinations all over the world.
By contrast, the recent movie theater shooting in Colorado, and the troubling news of gangs, rave concerts and other misdirected youth activities in our time remind us that too many of our precious children are on the wrong path.
2 Timothy 3:1-4 says
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited,( lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.)
While this prophecy applies to ungodly behavior of people of all ages, the phrase “disobedient to their parents” shows that it is especially true of many teens and young adults. Of course, they are not intrinsically worse than previous generations, but they are the ones who have inherited an extremely troubled world, and understandably do not have much faith in a peaceful and prosperous future.
Their temptations to addictive substances and immoral activities are intense. They are the victims of the apostasy of our End-times generation. On the other hand, if the Lord sends us the revival that we need and desire, young people will lead the way, or at least be a vital part of such a wonderful event. There are already many promising movements that could lead to a full-grown “Great Awakening,” and hundreds of thousands of young people who are faithful disciples of The Lord Jesus Christ.