A Gen-Zer Expresses Hope Despite the Challenges
I urged my son, just turned 18, to share his heart with me. Here’s his interesting perspective:
My mom recently asked me what I, given the foresight of a modern America and of world events, would have wanted her and my father’s and grandfather’s generations to have done differently.
The principal thing I wish previous generations had done differently is that they might more fervently have understood and guarded the virtues of Christ and applied them to the American tradition. Having compromised, we have been left a legacy of moral relativity and a general loathing for Western tradition. This is notably so among my peers: Generation Z. The roadmaps for the contemporary counterculture movements we see today were largely written and modeled in the 1960s. Aside from the civil- rights movement, most youth movements of the time were calling for the abolishment of certain values that America needs. The establishment of legalized abortion, an amoral revolution, and the rejection of Judeo-Christian values have all led most people today to lacking any sense of personal responsibility. Far-left and liberal outlets highlighted, glamorized, and funded these movements so much at that time because it helped them alter the culture to what it is today.
It seems that much of the generation that was alive at that time either adamantly supported these movements or just ignored them. By the same token, I wish that our previous generations had never started the trend of blaming the government, because this has caused my generation to expect government to fix all of our problems. This expectation has made Americans easier to control. Most, if not all, the problems we see today really are “people” problems. They are issues of the heart and mind. Blaming and attacking the government is not the answer when it comes to spiritual issues.
If I could have spoken with past generations, I would have warned them not to idolize their emotions. I can’t speak to them, but I can speak to myself and to my peers, because we live in a culture of self-centeredness. It all boils down to one distinction: not knowing the difference between individualism and egocentrism. A culture that favors the self at the expense of the whole is what we now have.
Whatever hope I struggle to muster for my generation is bolstered by the indomitable hope I have in my faith. I believe God is not finished with America, and He is definitely not finished with us. We are only getting started for what He has planned for us, but whatever happens next regarding His will for us lies in my generation’s ability to learn from and not repeat past mistakes.
Please pray for us, because the darkness is pushing in all around us.
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