Painful to watch!!
Our screens dominated by injustice, protests, riots, looting, and absolute chaos. An expression of a broken society, hardened hearts, and angered emotions. Where do we go from here? How do we help the next generation? How do we give them hope? How do our kids believe in the common good of man? How do they have hope for their future?
Differences of opinions, narratives, and ideologies are rampant and confusing. But I believe the answer is simple, but rarely accepted.
Put God back into the home
My house, quiet for the first time in awhile, I sit in my tranquil backyard and open my Bible to Psalm 78. Seventy-two verses of lessons on how we can avoid passing on our same mistakes to this younger generation. Let’s unpack some of these verses and see how we can pass the baton of God’s love, mercy, and truth on, so the next generation can move towards God’s greatness.
Teach the next generation:
- Vs 4: tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord
- Vs 8: so that they would not be like their forefathers – a stubborn and rebellious generation, whose hearts were not loyal to God, whose spirits were not faithful to him.
The Bible tells us God’s people grew callous, they avoided his covenant, they forgot the good things He did for them. God did so many miracles for his people; rescued them from slavery, divided the waters to save them from their enemies, gave them food and water when they were hungry and thirsty. Life was not easy for God’s people, they endured greater hardships than we do today. But He wants us to remember that He is a God of rescue, provision, and brings justice against evil and wrongdoing.
The next generation is desperate for “good God modeling.” This starts in the home. They earnestly seek pictures of God’s love. They long to see there is a God who is for them, not against them. They can, willingly place their trust in God when they are reminded of his rescue, not retribution. But, if their home is full of strife and no loyalty to the heart of God, there is no baton to pass nor race to finish. We as parents and leaders of the next generation have some big commands and responsibilities to fulfill; leave a legacy of faith. This begins by claiming the spirit of God as our redeemer, restorer, and re-builder of the poisoned heart of man.
I feel the young generation is fed up with lofty words, but no action. Similar to God’s disappointment when our words don’t mirror our hearts. The Israelites remembered that ,
God was their Rock, that God most high was their Redeemer. But when they would flatter him with their mouths, lying to him with their tongues; their hearts were not loyal to him. Yet he was merciful; he forgave their iniquities and did not destroy them. (vs 35-38)
Gods people said all the right things, but their hearts spoke differently. Are we modeling the same behavior? Saying the right things, but not following through with loyal and compassionate actions? The younger generation does not need flattering words to heal from the wounds and generational sins. First, they need to know God as merciful. Second, they need the modeling of generations before them to lead with skillful hands and integrity of heart. (Vs 72)
What is your responsibility to our cultural unrest? How can you make an individual difference that will culminate into a greater difference? I believe it’s going back to the basics (Deut 6:5-9)
- Learn how to love God with all your heart
- Keep Gods directions close to your heart
- Impress Gods word on the hearts of your kids (txt them inspiring photo verses weekly.They love pictures)
- Lie down with your children and ask the hard questions. Guide them with Gods word and lead by example.
- Keep faith driven messages on the door frames of your home. (Check out my mirror decals for ideas and examples, https://juliepearson.org/shop/)
God as the epicenter in the home is the lesson of history. Now That is Better Than Espresso!