In America, the Great Generation has been called that because that generation endured and/or participated in the Second World War and came out the victors. As they prospered afterward and became ever stronger, they found they had less need of God; they had pulled themselves up by their bootstraps, and women of that generation had learned to work outside the home and left it up to others to bring up the following generation, while the family Bible lay on the shelf gathering dust.
The Baby Boomers came on the scene after that Great War in which millions died. (The Jews lost over 6 million people in that war.) They continued to prosper, and they reveled in their prosperity. Now nearly every home had a television set, washing machine, refrigerator and telephone. We were the first in our tenement building to do so.
Then came the Hippy generation: a generation of pot smokers, sex and drug addicts. New religions were being explored even as Billy Graham tried singlehandedly to stem the tide of this apostasy with his crusades. Some hippies converted but not enough of them to make a solid impact in society – everyone knew they were brain dead. Bibles were all but ignored. This generation had found gods more to their liking.
Millennials today rule the roost in almost every way; we have given them the reins of the country to do as they please in any way they please. Among them are Antifa, Neo Nazi’s, and outright crazies. Now anything goes.
After that (if the Lord tarries) will come what I would call the Completely Lost generation. Are you beginning to see a pattern of fallenness here? Can you imagine what a generation of people without God would look like? Already the three final ones have gotten progressively worse, and it’s all due to their indifference about the things of God – each generation increasingly becoming complacent about the things of the Bible.
Of course, humanity has always been a wayward creation: ungodly, unruly, violent and obstinate, but today humanity has all but forgotten the God of their fathers, namely the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Even many Jews have become too sophisticated to acknowledge their God.
Yes, our Divine Creator may soon be forgotten, and the following generations will do as they please to their own destruction…. Can you say Sodom and Gomorrah?
Case in point: at seven, my best friend was Gary Miller who lived in the same big brownstone tenement building as I. We played outside all day long until it got dark and I had to go inside at the behest of my mother who was echoing my father’s command – which I believed then was written in stone. Gary, on the other hand, could stay out for as long as he wished, doing anything he wished; permissiveness was beginning to rear its ugly head.
Gary’s mother was an alcoholic who always had a bottle hidden somewhere in the vicinity, while his dad sat by the window at a card table playing solitaire morning, noon and night – or so it seemed. Being preoccupied, he hardly noticed when Gary was there and very rarely spoke to him, while his mother was always throwing things at him in a drunken fit of rage.
I, on the other hand, was careful not to overstep my bounds. My dad, a big serious man, was supreme commander of this ship, and you couldn’t get away with any indiscretion whatsoever.
When my dad took to drinking and my mother abandoned the family, I took over her role as second in command of my six siblings. There was no time for running around like “footloose” Gary; I was too busy looking after my brothers and sisters. (As I look back, surprisingly, I never chastised or hollered at my brothers or sisters but instead took pity on the family as a whole.)
In the meantime, at the age of fifteen, Gary began running with a wild bunch of boys. His legacy was being laid out before him – one of loss and dissipation. The last I heard, he had died a lonely and decrepit alcoholic. Without God, just look what happened to him. I loved Gary.
I tell this story because I’m a witness to the tragedy that befalls people when they fail to acknowledge God. In doing so, they are offering up their children to Baal – a god of no inhibitions, restrictions or morals. What a tragedy not to know God and His Salvation – Christ!
If we don’t instruct our children in the way, they should go, Satan will. The Bible says it all,
“A foolish son is a grief to his father and a bitterness to her who bore him.”
“Chasten your son while there is hope, and do not set your heart on his destruction.”
“Children’s children are the crown of old men and the glory of children is their father.”
“The righteous man walks in his integrity; his children are blessed after him.”
“Even a child is known by his deeds, whether what he does is pure and right.”
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
“Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; the rod of correction will drive it far from him.”
God forbid this curse should fall on anyone.
Millennials and the upcoming generation are heading for trouble as they try to make sense of this life without the God of the Bible. I pity them having been born into a society of transsexuals, bi-sexuals, perverts and heartless criminals, with no sense of right or wrong or even knowing what their own sex is, while their perverted teachers are instructing them in these prevalent falsehoods. And because children today are forbidden by their parents to talk to strangers (and rightfully so), today’s children are incapable of social intercourse even with family members, and they in turn are discouraged from taking part in their upbringing – and again, rightfully so – because Uncle Bill may be a pedophile.
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