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YOUTH

CHILDREN ARE A REWARD SAYS THE BIBLE

Dr. John Abraham, Trivandrum

 

The Bible which is God breathed, absolutely inerrant and infallible, claims that children are a reward (Psalms 123:3). But my question is:

 

1)      Do our parents think so?

2)      Are we behaving like rewards which our parents can be proud of?

3)      Are we more of a cause of pain and sorrow to our parents?

 

I think the Christian youth of today needs to step back and look at the life we are living. We need to assess our lives:

1) Based on the pattern set by the word of God

2) Based on the pattern of the world (Rom. 12:1, 2)

 

Where do we stand?

 

The world in which we live is such a breeding ground of evil. The opportunities to sin have increased in this high tech, gadget oriented, wireless, free for all, fast paced, “me” oriented competitive world. The coming closer of the world through the internet etc., along with the vast array of advantages (yes, I don’t refute the many advantages) has opened millions of ways to: (1) Question God’s authority, (2) Question parental control and (3) Sell our souls to the devil. But, the funniest thing is that many have become so immune to the side effects of the net, their peers etc. that the real dangers ahead of them are not seen.

 

A little bit of violence here and there starting from cartoons to video games to million dollar movies, which used to be abhorred, is now highly accepted.

 

The casual way sex is portrayed in western comedies and serials has made the young mind explore various avenues to satisfy the lusts and thoughts aroused by them. The dictum “hear no evil, see no evil , speak no evil” is thrown into the garbage can as the belittling of sex has come into the living room through talks with friends, SMS/ MMS, chat rooms etc.

 

The tests of manhood being listed out to the unsuspecting, doctrinally unsound, free from parental control gen x youth entering the colleges seems to be growing day by day. The list which includes a spot of alcohol, a puff of the cigarette, a kiss on a girls hand, grabbing a girl’s shoulder, sneaking out at night to party, an entry into the occult and various other things which may be too blunt to mention here, but which I am sure the youth will understand. The novice youth look to the seniors who are also “born again” but leading a life of wanton pleasure, and this leads to a lot of disillusionment.

 

The easily available porn through the internet has become one of the biggest contributing factors for the propagation of hypocrites in our society. The anonymity and the secret pleasure which it promises, delivered at the click of a button, have caused many souls to lead pathetic, trapped Christian lives.

 

The need to be appreciated and loved has driven many of our young girls and boys into illicit affairs, gangs, drugs and punk groups.

 

Be it the new techniques of cheating, identity thefts on the net, hacking of web sites, juvenile delinquencies of unthinkable grades(recent paper articles of groups of 8 year olds raping 5 year old girls, killing of a 5 year old by an 11 year old, etc. are just a few), all these seem to be on the increase.

 

The list seems to be endless as each day the “sin” promises a new pleasure. Oh yes, it’s so subtle that whoever thinks he standeth can easily falter (1Cor. 10:12). Many giants of Christendom have fallen thus.

 

The dress codes of today which are influencing the youth a lot, in itself is a great area of concern which needs to be addressed. What is acceptable? Is my wearing a dress causing someone else to sin? Is my dress causing other people to glorify God?

 

“Why should I bother about what other people think about me?” – Is that not what you are thinking? It would be good to read the following verses to get the answer to this question.

 

 “Let no one seek his own, but each one the other's well -being.” 1 Cor. 10: 24

 

“Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1Cor 10:31

 

“Yet if your brother is grieved because of your food, you are no longer walking in love. Do not destroy with your food the one for whom Christ died.” Romans 14:15. (instead of food replace the word with dress/attire)

 

“It is good neither to eat meat nor drink wine nor do anything by which your brother stumbles or is offended or is made weak.” Romans14:21

 

My idea is to stimulate the minds of the youth to think where they stand today. Does what is written ring a bell?

 

Are we conforming to the world’s standards or biblical standards (“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Rom 12:2)

 

Are we modeling our life after a movie star or a fashion icon, a sports star, etc. or are we conforming to the image of Christ? “…. predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son……” (Romans 8:29).

 

It is very easy to act as if nothing has happened and answer “going great” or “going on” when an elder asks how you are.

 

But is your spiritual life really going great?

 

 ‘After enjoying the pleasures of sin, doesn’t the burden of hypocrisy fall heavy on us?’

 

Attending a church, sitting by the front row, being first in Sunday school does not solve the hard core issues. Being good in front of others for others sake will loose its charm someday I assure you. As the saying goes, “you may fool some people at some time but you can never fool all the people all the time.” Yes my dear friend, there are two people you can never fool – one is God and the other is yourself.

 

There are many issues in your life that need to be addressed. There indeed are many elderly mature Christians who want to and are able to help. But all that will be available only if someone accepts there is a problem and asks for help.

 

Are we, through our actions, being a true reward to our parents? Is your cursing, rebellion, smoking, drugs, poor choice of friends, porn illicit affairs, and homosexuality making your parents proud of you?  Are you behaving like a true reward?

 

You might have been able to hide the true “you” from their eyes by being expert hypocrites. But what about the DAD who loved you so much that He sacrificed His only begotten Son that we might be His children? Rom 8:15: For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. Can we hide anything from Him? He knows the true “YOU”. He is hurt and saddened by each act of ours which conforms to the world rather than to His Word. He knows exactly what thoughts are in our mind. He knows exactly why we did what we did.

 

I hope that this article has started a thought process in some of you to take a decision to return to your heavenly father in true repentance and to accept the parents God gave us in His wisdom. Become true rewards for your parents by respecting and obeying them (“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother, which is the first commandment with promise: that it may be well with you and that you may live long on the earth" Eph. 6 1-3).

 

Only if we realize what Christ has done for us, that he has loved us to the maximum (For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38, 39) will we really feel like returning. All other patch ups and cover ups without Christ will give way some day.

 

The sight of the cross and the suffering of Christ should lead to true repentance, urging us to be true rewards for both our Heavenly father and our earthly parents.

 

 
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