Youth News - April 2015
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Youth News
April 2015
by Hector Meza

“Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.” Duet 4:9 

“Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you.” Psalm 51:13

I want to give you some stats that will shock you. We live in a world where; One in four American teenage girl has an STI. The average age of first internet exposure to pornography is eleven. 69% of surveyed students admitted to taking measures to hide their online behavior from parents. And those facts are just the tip of the iceberg in the minefield that is a young person’s world today. We haven’t even mentioned the perils of drug abuse, bullying, body image, self esteem, violence and rebellion. Many young people wander through this life without examples of Godly people who will protect them and lead them in the path of righteousness. For far too many youths they are left to fend for themselves and to be told lies about their purpose, their worth and destiny by those more concerned with using them to fill their coffers. Many don’t know a way out because they don’t have people who can speak into their lives about a God of freedom, forgiveness and love.

It breaks my heart to hear those statistics and my hope is that it will break yours into interceding for our children. I believe that God wants to redeem this generation of students from a world bent on devouring them. And God is calling out to His church once more to love His children and let them come to him.

During Nehemiah’s time leading the rebuilding of Jerusalem he called on watchmen to stand guard and protect the most defenseless portions of the wall. He positioned spearmen near families to prevent the enemy from destroying the most vulnerable. I believe it is time for the men and women of St. Paul’s UMC to be the spiritual watchmen for this generation. I know that if we humble ourselves and pray that God will move greatly in this next generation. They are not too far for God to save. Yet we need to be willing to teach children His ways, to lead by example, especially when it seems so difficult to do so in our times. We must together, as the body of Christ, reject the evil that has crept into every part of our society. For the glory of God and for the sake of our children we need to reject blasphemy, sexual immorality, violence, greed, bitterness, envy and every form of idolatry. It needs to begin with we whom they observe, because if we don’t teach them others are certainly already doing so.

More than ever we need the men and women of God to stand tall and be the city on a hill. It seems an impossible task, yet we serve the God of the impossible. I ask you to humble yourself and pray for God to touch our students in such a way that they will desire only His righteousness, His will, His wisdom and His acceptance. We know that His love endures for all generations. May this be true for this generation and generations to come.

In Christ, Hector

 
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