“Thou, O Lord, remainest for ever; thy throne from generation to generation.” -Lamentations 5:19
Cartoons these days!! I can remember when cartoons were actually funny instead of gross and wierd. Remember Bugs Bunny outsmarting everyone? Remember Donald Duck always fighting with Chip and Dale? Recently I saw a show about a cow and a chicken and the cow was shooting milk out of its utters like a gatlin gun. What’s going on? Actually, If I’m honest I’ll admit that Wile E. Cyote was pretty violent toward the Road Runner also, but I miss the good ole days (and I’m only 29)!!!
It’s hard to watch generational changes and shifts. Young people today struggle with new problems. Those who do take a stand for Christ suffer far greater persecution than in times past. Temptations are more prevalent with most of the things that were once viewed as “vices” now being seen as part of the normal adolescent experience. This truth should trouble us greatly. But one thing I know… The God of my Grandfather is the God of my (future) grandchildren.
God is always. He has always been, He will always be. So no matter how our culture may shift, the same, immutable, uncompromising God will be here for our teenagers and toddlers that was here for us. It is possible for young people to be godly in the midst of today’s culture. Sadly, we’ve bought Satan’s lie that it’s “just too hard” to live the Christian life “today.” Well wasn’t it hard for Moses in the midst of pagan Egypt? But he chose “rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season.” Remember when you thought you’d just “enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season” or “sow your wild oats?” Hmm, maybe your generation didn’t really have it that much better after all.
Let all of us old fogies covenant to pray for the up-and-comers today. They face the fire every day. They’re walking through a spiritual minefield but prayer invites the involvement of the God of every generation. He will see them through. He always has His people, in every generation. He calls them out and sends them forth. Let’s pray right now…