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In my work as a chaplain and business owner, I am fascinated at the growing sharp distinction between the secular and religious mind. Christians are from Mars and agnostics, atheists and the distracted are from Venus. It is getting to where we are not even speaking the same language anymore. It seems like English, but it is not. We have morphed into our own local dialects.
Christians, what can we do? What is our responsibility here? There is a new generation of people who want to reshape our children. Agnostics, atheists and the distracted want to destroy the faith of our children. They want to rebuild society based on seemingly new ideas.
We should not be scared; the Gospel remains Good News. Let’s look at one of the many promises Jesus gave His followers. Jesus told Peter, “The gates of Hell will not stand against my church (Matthew 16:18).” It is important to understand that we are to love the people who want to reshape our children and our children’s faith; God loves them too. They do not realize what they are doing. One day they will, but as for now, they do not. One important point to understand: the very gates of hell can’t stand against God’s holy and redeemed church.
Hell is not on the offense. Those seeking to reshape our children seem offensive. It seems as though they are putting out ideas that more and more people are buying. It seems that Christians are killed after being asked about their faith in our country, and media coverage barely mentions that. Much of our media is designed to make Christians look less intelligent and behind the times. In these moments, I hold to what Jesus told Peter, “The gates of hell can’t stand against the church.” We are the offensive force. This force is not one of aggression and anger. It is a love that is sacrificial. It is one of grace, mercy and forgiveness. It bears the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
It is time for the Christians to love more, live better, give more and touch this lost and broken world because the church is an unstoppable force, even in this generation. Allow me to emphasize, Especially in this generation! God will complete His purposes with our without us. What an awesome promise. When the pressure is off, there is nothing to lose. God won!! We win!!
We know from Deuteronomy 5 and 6 that we have a great responsibility to pass this faith on to our children. We are not just to pass down rules and laws; we are to pass down how Jesus Christ has molded and shaped our very lives. We are to pass down our testimonies. When I say testimonies, I don’t just mean the story about meeting Jesus personally, I mean where He is taking us now. When I think about a strong believer who is concerned about this next generation, I think about someone who lives and breathes Jesus every single day of their life. They desire above all else to follow after Christ and what Christ wants for their lives on a daily basis.
Since God wins, let’s make sure He wins with us fighting on His side. Let’s allow our children to see our witness and understand what is at stake at a very early age.
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