Have you seen the latest Alexis Bloomer's "Dear Elders, I'm sorry." video? I recently asked our students to describe their generation to me. They had a lot to say about their generation: prideful, greedy, materialistic, disrespectful, self-centered, entitled, irresponsible, over-indulgent, lazy... The list went on and on.
2 Timothy 3:1-5 reads, "But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these."
"Last days" refers to any time since Christ's resurrection. In other words, generations have been making the same observation about one another since the church began. For example, our elders were concerned about the Flappers, Hippies, Baby Boomers, Gen X, and now Gen Y-Millenials. So, what is it that elders really object to in the younger generations? Could it be that they are observing what the Bible refers to as "worldliness" and that technology added to this is worldliness on steroids?
Galatians 5:19-21 refers to a different kind of worldliness as "the flesh." "Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry.... strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions... and things like these…" And then verses 22-24 describe that the opposite of worldliness is godliness which is evident as the fruit of the Spirit. "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires."
Our students recognized that we are called to be counter-cultural... in the world, not of it (Romans 12:2). As one student said, "[2 Timothy 3] verse 5 says to avoid such men." Covenant's culture seeks to be defined by biblical principles that are God honoring and timeless.
As a school, we are committed to pursue godliness together. I love these students (and whatever you call their generation) and the work that we do together. Thank you, Covenant parents, for giving me the privilege of working with your children.
May these words be true, "This is the generation of those who seek Him,
Who seek Your face, O God of Jacob" Psalm 24:6 (NIV)