Give the youth back to Jesus
"Our past is haunting our youth."
I read this article online from Times Live SA. It is interesting but I have a few things to say regarding the areas they see as problems.
The time for us to keep quiet about how to get to the true solution for our troubles, just because we believe that no one will hear it, or listen to it, or accept and receive it, is over. I am a believer in Jesus Christ and I no longer will keep quiet as long as the Lord can use me to help point people to the solution for all the mountains we face in our country and society. That solution I am talking about is Jesus.
We complain about racism, cultural clashes, acceptance of one another’s beliefs, and we keep shoving the past down our children’s throats. After all this, how on earth can we ever expect that they will grow up accepting and respecting others? We are inclined to explain history to our children from our perspective, and be honest; our perspective is not necessarily neutral. We will tell the story of our history but impart our emotion to them. If we felt hurt, unfairly treated, neglected, abused, discriminated against, that is what our children receive from us, not the facts themselves, but the experience and emotion behind it. This is dangerous.
We ask the questions of why our youth is so full of hatred. How can we ask that if we feed them our perspective of what our past was like!
How dare we get frustrated with them when we call them “The lost generation”? And incidentally I fall in that age bracket 15 to 36 and I am not lost!
As I wrote in my last blog entry, part of our problem is we adopted an all-inclusive all roads lead to heaven mentality and we decided the church is an insignificant and obsolete institution. Yet, when president Zuma was running for election, where did he run to? The church! He did it for political gain! Why? Because whether people want to admit it or not, the church still holds power. Why? Because we serve the All Powerful One.
The only way we can overcome the problems we now face especially as far as our youth are concerned is to acknowledge Jesus and bow to the designs in His Word. And Christians need to stop cowering and making excuses and speak up! With love and respect, but for goodness sake, stop complaining and act!
In order to overcome our cultural differences we need to adopt a Christ culture. That means, we let go of our Afrikaner, Soto, English, German, Xhosa, Zulu and the like culture and traditions and we adopt Jesus’ way of life.
When Jesus came He removed the walls of partition, He provided a new entry point. He took away status by saying there is no more Greek or Jew, no more free or slave He even said no more male or female , but all who accept Jesus as Lord and Savior they all become equal under God. There is NO differentiation anymore. He who comes to Christ becomes a NEW CREATION, behold all the old things have passed away and new things have come! Our youth often complain they don’t want to be dragged into the past any longer. The reason is they are expected to feel as we felt, they are expected to get up set on our behalf and to “carry the flame on”. This is not a flame that represents life, it represents destruction! Our history is a sad fact, yes it is true, BUT, do we really need to make our future sad as well? There is nothing wrong for the youth to know what happened in the past but they should not be expected to “finish what we started”, they are free and should build a new future for themselves and all we need to do is help them get vision for that future.
The church needs to reform as well. We can no longer have a Afrikaner church, or a African, English German etc. church. Where in Scripture did God ever say “Build a church according to your culture?” NEVER! In fact, He said, I will build My church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it. The emphasis in church should be to see Christ formed in the lives of people, and not our culture.
Jesus said, Come and learn from Me for I am meek and humble. That means when we learn to be meek and humble it is no longer our wants and needs that we so desperately want met, but we give over to a higher call. We begin to have a sane estimation of ourselves and we begin to regard others higher than ourselves.
It is the only place in Scripture where Jesus says “Come learn from Me”. The picture in my mind is Him sitting in my lounge and patting on the seat next to Him and saying, “Celeste, come here, come I want to teach you something, come and learn from Me how to be meek and how to be humble.” Meekness means – my strengths under God’s control. Humility is toward myself and how I walk toward others – it means I have a sane estimation of who I am and what I am able to do and also a sane estimation of others and what they are able to do.
When we die to our own cultures and receive Jesus and allow Him to will and work in us to do His will, then we begin to have vision and with vision come discipline, dedication endurance and perseverance. Then there will be restraint, order and respect in this country again. Where there is a lack of vision the people cast off restraint, and our youth need vision. They will only get it if they are shown to Jesus. Only He can reveal to them what they were placed on this earth for to do.
In conclusion; Come to Jesus, give up your culture, your rights, deny yourself, pick up your cross and follow Him. Stop leaning on your own understanding but in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.
There is nothing wrong with understanding where people come from, but, if we want peace, we need to turn to the Prince of peace. If we want unity, we need to obey Jesus, agree with His Word and His way of doing things, then we will become united for we will walk in the same understanding and then all we need to do is preserve that unity. We can’t create unity, but we can walk in obedience and in this be united with one another through faith in Jesus.
Just knowledge of our history and past is not going to change the behavior of our youth. Understanding and knowledge in the Word of God changes behavior and actions not our accurate knowledge of our past.
We need to not just acknowledge that Jesus existed, but we have to believe that He is the Son of the living God, that He is the firstborn of many brethren, then we have to receive His apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers, to instruct us, till we come into the unity of the faith in Jesus Christ. Once we see that we are part of the church of the First born registered in heaven (not I’m a Baptist, I’m a NG, I’m a Pentecostal) then we can begin to love one another, and when we love one another as Christ loves us we enter the bond of perfection. Isn’t that an amazing thing! The church is the veil through which we enter. How can we say it is obsolete? How can we ignore it? Yes we need to continuously reform, but the church is a place of safety, a place where as we hear the word preached and we go home and study the Word, our vision and call become clear and we begin to have hope because we can see our future. Our future is secure in Jesus, but we have to acknowledge it. Without Him we can do nothing. South Africa, we can do NOTHING without Jesus!
Bring the youth to Jesus for He cares for them.
(c) Celeste Glass
Eph 2:14 For He is our peace, He making us both one, and He has broken down the middle wall of partition between us,
Gal 3:28 There cannot be Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is no male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Col 3:9 Do not lie to one another, having put off the old man with his deeds
Col 3:10 and having put on the new, having been renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,
Col 3:11 where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, foreigner, Scythian, slave or freeman, but Christ is all things in all.
2Co 5:17 So that if any one is in Christ, that one is a new creature; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
2Co 5:18 And all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
2Co 5:19 whereas God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and putting the word of reconciliation in us.
2Co 5:20 Then we are ambassadors on behalf of Christ, as God exhorting through us, we beseech you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
2Co 5:21 For He has made Him who knew no sin, to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
Mat 16:18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
(The church is built on the revelation that Jesus IS the Son of God)
Mat 11:29 Take My yoke on you and learn of Me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and you shall find rest to your souls.
Rom 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, pleasing to God, which is your reasonable service.
Rom 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, in order to prove by you what is that good and pleasing and perfect will of God.
Rom 12:3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to every one who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think. But set your mind to be right-minded, even as God has dealt to every man the measure of faith.
Pro_29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish; but he who keeps the law, he is blessed.
Pro 3:3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:
Pro 3:4 So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
Pro 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
Pro 3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Pro 3:7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
Pro 3:8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.
Eph 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
Eph 4:12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
Eph 4:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
Eph 4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
Eph 4:15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
Eph 4:16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
Heb 12:22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,
Heb 12:23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
Heb 12:24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.
Joh 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.