The problem with our youth is not that they are lazy or entitled, the problem is that too many Christians have accepted that this is who they are. When we speak a generation into death, we shouldn’t be surprised or outraged when they choose death. When we follow suit with the media by labeling people as the MTv Generation, the Trophy Generation, Generation Me, and now the Entitlement Generation, we are adding to the death sentence of a people and a country.
Christians (speaking to myself right now), we need to speak life. Even when we disagree with what we see, we need to only speak life. Pray against the sin, do not accept the sin, but let our words be seasoned with righteous salt. The more a person hears that they are worthy and useful and necessary, the more they will strive to be these things.
We need to speak past what we can see.
We do it with our children. We don’t tell our kids that they are annoying and self-centered every time they disappoint us. We gently correct them with love. Why? Because “Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21). We look at our children and see who they can be, instead of who they are. The youth of this nation needs the same empowerment our own children do. They need us to see them for who they can be with Christ, instead of condemning them to an eternity of chains.
We cannot take responsibility over our words only when we speak to our family and friends. We cannot show up at church on Sunday crying out for the lost, and for a nation to be saved when behind closed doors we are cursing those same people. God hears our words behind closed doors… and so does the enemy. Our prayers cannot hold power when we are also arming the enemy with words of death to spread around.
Today, I pray that I will walk in a manner worthy to the Lord. That I will have compassion for the brokenness that I see, and not judgement or defeat. Today, I will hold my tongue against any plans that the enemy has to destroy the youth, or plans to corrupt my tongue with words that curse the very people who God made.
“With it [our tongue] we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.” (James 3:9-10)