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The Next Generation

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We hear a lot of talk about different generations these days. How that the characteristics of certain generations are looked upon negatively, while the attributes of another are applauded.    Like…Boomers vs. Millenials?

That in itself is somewhat odd, because I remember growing up and hearing comments made about the 60’s and 70’s as a time of rebellion, but it was never discussed as a generational thing. It was more of a “these kids are crazy” mindset.

Frankly, I’m pretty certain the “establishment” back then didn’t know what to make of our generation, except that they were going to be the ruin of the nation. Or at least that’s what I heard from my elders. You know…revolutionaries and all🙂

Generations

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It is interesting to note that there are currently six generations alive in America. You can read all about them here: http://www.marketingteacher.com/the-six-living-generations-in-america/.

Funny thing about generations. Each one has a responsibility to teach and train the next generation. The upcoming generation has a similar responsibility to learn from those who have gone before them. It’s a never ending cycle.

But what happens if the cycle is broken? What then? For certain, traditions and customs are changed or lost. Entire belief systems can become so altered as to be nearly unrecognizable.

Such was the case with a generation of God’s people found in the Old Testament book of Judges. The “straight to the point” version is this: God delivered Israel from Egypt. After 40 years of desert wandering they finally inherit the promised land. Moses dies, and Joshua becomes the new leader. He divides the land to the tribes of Israel and they live happily ever after.

OK, that last sentence wasn’t exactly correct. You see, a generational problem had crept in that went largely unnoticed until it was too late. Here’s the short version of the story.

And the people served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great work that the Lord had done for Israel. And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died at the age of 110 years. And they buried him within the boundaries of his inheritance in Timnath-heres, in the hill country of Ephraim, north of the mountain of Gaash. And all that generation also were gathered to their fathers. And there arose another generation after them who did not know the Lord or the work that he had done for Israel.
‭‭Judges‬ ‭2:7-10‬ ‭ESV‬‬   emphasis mine

Do you see what has happened here? As long as the elders remained alive,the people served the Lord. Through these elders, Israel had a direct connection to God’s miracles,and those stories had been continually passed down to the next generation.

When the last of the elders died,Israel’s direct line to the miracles of the past was severed. Why did this happen? Because the elders of Israel failed to train the next generation of leaders. This proved to be a catastrophic failure and set in motion the eventual destruction of Israel.

All of this brings to mind something that we hear quite often in our churches, that this generation’s children are the church leaders of tomorrow. If that is true, and I certainly believe it is, what is the current generation of church leaders doing in preparation of passing down the baton?

Next Generation

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Israel’s elders were faithful to talk about their God. They passed down the magnificent stories of God’s powerful deliverance to each new generation, who in turn passed them down as well.

I hear a lot of talk about mentoring and how we should be training the next generation of leaders. What has me really concerned however is this:

What stories of God’s mighty exploits that we have personally been the recipient of do we have to pass down? What are the miraculous “God things” that we intend to pass down?

Something to ponder, something I hope stirs our hearts to action.

Be blessed,

Ron

 

I Wonder…

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I wonder sometimes.

I wonder what has happened to America in the short span of time that I have existed.

I wonder how in the world we ever got to the place we are now.

How we have become so divided.

How we have forgotten the words drilled into us as school children “One nation,under God…”

How we have become a nation of individuals instead of the United States of America.

And then it hits me.We are all of these things and more for one simple reason:we have forgotten the Lord our God.We have lost our way.We are stumbling as blind men in unfamiliar surroundings.Wandering aimlessly about in search of who knows what.

In our zeal to become self sufficient,the caretaker of the free world,masters of our own destiny,we have succumbed to the great lie of Satan in believing that our greatness lies within.Listen to the political speeches crowding the airways today.They all espouse the greatness of America.They all point to you and I as what makes America so great.Words of flattery, all designed for one purpose:to get your vote.

The two impostors positioned to become the next president do not Know Him.They will not lead this nation with any sense of Biblical morality or judgement for they possess neither.

Our leaders have forgotten God.

As a nation,we have made the ultimate blunder in that we have repeated the same fatal error as those nations before us did in believing they no longer needed God.

Yet throughout the history of America there have been many who have marveled at the blessings bestowed upon this nation.Listen to the words of one such man,written long ago in 1835:

“I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers – and it was not there . . . in her fertile fields and boundless forests and it was not there . . . in her rich mines and her vast world commerce – and it was not there . . . in her democratic Congress and her matchless Constitution – and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great.”
― Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America   (emphasis mine)

Isn’t it interesting that Alexis de Tocqueville uncovered such truths about America while viewing them as an outsider,or visitor to this country? Being of French citizenry he had originally come to America under the guise of studying it’s prison systems, but his real purpose was to study American society.Specifically,he wanted to know why democracy seemed to be working here while in his native France it was failing.

Mr. Tocqueville correctly identified the source of America’s goodness when he listened to men of God proclaiming the timeless truths of the Gospel.Contrast this with the “truths”being propagated today claiming that we are charting our own course with no need of God or religion.Quite a difference wouldn’t you say?

The Bible has a great deal to say about the nations that forget their God. Here are but a few examples:

“Because My people have forgotten Me, They have burned incense to worthless idols. And they have caused themselves to stumble in their ways, From the ancient paths, To walk in pathways and not on a highway,   Jer 18:15 NKJV

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.   Hos 4:6 NKJV

According to their pasture, so were they filled; they were filled, and their heart was exalted; therefore have they forgotten me.   Hos 13:6 KJV

Because my people hath forgotten me, they have burned incense to vanity, and they have caused them to stumble in their ways from the ancient paths, to walk in paths, in a way not cast up;   Jer 18:15 KJV

So I wonder…what is next for America?

One thing is certain: we won’t have to wait long to find out because if scripture gives us any historical perspective,it is that severe judgement is coming to America.

Consequences…