I hope you don’t mind, but I have a lot to say this week. I have all kinds of plans for posts to write =) Lately I have been copying the letters from Peter, James and John into Word documents and taking out all of the verse numbers so they flow as one letter. Wow! What a difference that makes! I may post one later this week…
The thing I wanted to write about today is a result of spending some time looking around FB. I don’t have a personal account there, but there are ways to look around without one =) However, I was very saddened by much of what I saw. Especially in the youth. It breaks my heart to see them dress so that they look just like the world, with low cut blouses, mini skirts, tattoos, piercings, bold makeup, crazy hairstyles and the like. Then the music, books and movies on their list is a further reflection of what is in their heart. This leads me to believe they are searching for something and they are not finding it in their homes or their churches. The saddest part, is that these youth are calling themselves “Christians”, and sending out a very strong message. What must the world think? Why would they need the Messiah when He doesn’t make a difference in the lives of His followers?
Just this morning I was reading the letter James wrote to the 12 tribes scattered abroad. Here are his words:
What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
How could we define being a friend of the world? Webster defines the word friend as the following:
One who is attached to another by affection; one who entertains for another sentiments of esteem, respect and affection, which lead him to desire his company, and to seek to promote his happiness and prosperity
Who is the world? Webster defines the world as:
6. A secular life. By the world we sometimes understand the things of this world, its pleasures and interests. A great part of mankind are more anxious to enjoy the world to than secure divine favor.
What is an enemy? According to Webster:
1. A foe; an adversary. A private enemy is one who hates another and wishes him injury, or attempts to do him injury to gratify his own malice or ill will. A public enemy or foe, is one who belongs to a nation or party, at war with another.
So, as a friend of the world, we would have affection for secular life, would be attached to secular pleasures, would desire the esteem, respect and company of secular people in the world and would find happiness doing worldly things and as a result, we would show hatred toward Elohim and be at war with Him, we would be showing him ill will and be His adversary.
Those are some very serious words! How did this happen? How do so many parents allow and sometimes even encourage their children to be like this? Why are we so blind when this is staring us right in the face?
In the last several weeks I have heard parents say and read in books that children rebel when they have too many rules. Is that the reason they rebel? I don’t think so. I think rebellion comes from children who do not feel secure because of inconsistency in their home. I know of a particular home where the family lives by the principles of Scripture with the women dressing modestly, music is scrutinized carefully, books and movies as well. Some would consider this family to have a lot of rules. Yet their children, ages 14- 26 have not rebelled. Why not? Because it’s not about the “rules” or “standards” it’s about loving parents and a consistent home. The father is very much the leader of the home and his family respects his walk and his words. The mother is supportive and also lives what she speaks. It is REAL. It is NOT just a set of rules. This is what our children need to see. They see what we watch on tv every night, the way we spend our time, what books we read, the movies we rent, they listen to the jokes we tell, the gossip we spread, the philosophies we express, they know how much time the family spends together in prayer and reading Scripture and they might have an idea how much time their parents spend doing the same. Do you think this has any bearing on their heart? Could this be the cause of their rebellion?
I don’t know your home situation, and oh how I hope that your children are eagerly walking like the Messiah and not attracted to the world, but if you see your child in the above description or you know in your heart that they are attracted to the world, I am pleading with you ~ it may not be too late! Ask the Father to speak to your heart and show you if there is some area that is inconsistent. He promises to give Wisdom!
If you are a young parent, seek a mentor family with older children who are following in the way of Scripture, diligently search Scripture, immerse yourself in prayer. These precious lives have been given to you, entrusted in your care! The pull of the world is getting stronger with each generation. Fight hard! This battle is for the souls of your children!
I found this picture of a Christian band with the follow written under the picture (I think they are pretty good representatives on many of our youth in 2010):
At one time being a Christian rock band meant overt references to the Bible, an emphasis on “praise music,” and avoiding any subject matter that was controversial. But a new generation of Christian rock bands are singing about more general spiritual themes, leaving out references to Jesus and are reaching a whole new audience. One of the best examples of this is the band ________ (name of band left out)