Personal notes from a Sunday morning at Denton Bible Church:
Text Reading: Deuteronomy 6:1-9
Sermon Notes (Chris Wilson, Student Ministries, in the pulpit)
Kids today – what they have to deal with can be mind blowing.
HOW’D WE GET HERE?
The Greatest Generation: (coined by Tom Brokaw) Those born in the 20’s and 30’s; their upbringing was based on values…doing what is/was right
Baby Boomers: A creative generation that still remembers “Leave it to Beaver”, “Andy Griffith”, “The Cosby Show”, “Family Ties” – TV shows that had value, message, and were just simply “good”
Gen Xers: vastly deviant from “The Greatest Generation”; technology kids – iPhones, iPads, internet, video games, texting, etc.
Digital Natives watch television such as:
- “Teen Mom”
- “16 and Pregnant”
- “Vampire Diaries”
- “Date My Mom”
No longer do youth learn a life/religion value system from their parents and adult mentors. Instead, values are learned from media…one look at a few television shows today and we ask “How did it get so bad?”
Our youth today deal with and live by:
- question why things happen
- shy from commitments
- nothing is black and white
- argue with parents; watch parents argue amongst themselves
- have no responsibility/obligation for truth
- dwell in and expect unearned prosperity
- do not foster or nurture relationships
HOW DID THINGS GET SO BAD?
God knew this would happen (Romans 1:18-23)
HOW DO WE FIX IT?
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 – God has hope…knows it will be OK if Christians are no longer thought to be hypocrites (say one thing, do another); parents do parenting, church does churching
To the old rugged cross I will ever be true;
Its shame and reproach gladly bear;
Then He’ll call me some day to my home far away,
Where His glory forever I’ll share.