- 26% of Gen X and 16% of millennials believe that when they die, they will go to Heaven only because they confessed their sins and accepted Jesus as their Savior.
- 33% of millennials either don’t know, don’t care, or don’t believe that God exists.
- 65% of teens and adults agree that many religions can lead to eternal life.
- 31% of teens and young adults strongly agree that what is morally right and wrong changes over time, based on society. *
These are some of the statistics that Pastor Marc shared with us last Sunday. These are the statistics that scare me so much. These are the statistics that remind us how much our kids need Jesus.
Romans 3:23 tells us, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Not some, not a few, not someone else’s family, but all. We don’t have to teach our children how to lie. We don’t have to teach them how to hit their siblings. We don’t give lessons on how to cheat on a test. We don’t have to teach our children how to sin. We live in a fallen world and our children are surrounded by sin daily. Our children and teenagers are going to school with others who believe the same as the statistics above and that is scary. Fortunately, there is good news. Actually, there is great news! It is found in John 3:16 where we read, “For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” Also, Romans 10:9-10 says, “‘If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation.’” Whew, there is hope for this generation! There is a way for our kids to break this trend.
As the faith builder in the home, I know this is a big undertaking, but I also know that you do not have to do this alone. I know it may seem like I am just repeating myself from my previous blog, but this is heavy on my heart. God has called the local church to walk alongside of you and your family. God wants your children to know Him. God wants your children to call Jesus their Lord and Savior. God wants them to go to Heaven. I want all of this too. I know, I know, life is busy, schedules are tight, family time is hard to get, but Jesus is better. Sundays at the lake are fun, but Jesus is better. Sleeping in on weekend mornings feels good, but Jesus is better. Catching up on chores on the weekend seems necessary, but Jesus is better. Sports are great, but Jesus is better. I know Satan lies to you to keep you home, but Jesus is bigger. I know there are still fears of Covid, but Jesus is bigger.
In Galatians 6:1-2 we read, “Brothers and sisters, if someone is overtaken in any wrongdoing, you who are spiritual, restore such a person with a gentle spirit, watching out for yourselves so that you also won’t be tempted. Carry one another’s burdens; in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Pastor Marc has been preaching from Galatians. He has encouraged us to call out each other in love and with a gentle spirit. I am calling out in love, where are my preschoolers? Where are our families? Where are you?
I wonder what this generation’s statistics will be when compared with the ones above. I am excited about the thought of being a part of changing those numbers for the better. I am excited about your children knowing Jesus. I am excited to see you and your family at church as we grow God’s Kingdom. I am excited about spending eternity with my little friends in Heaven. Time is short. Eternity is at stake; your children’s eternity is at stake. We need to teach them about Jesus.
*The American Worldview Inventory 2021 (a survey of the philosophy of life on American adults from Arizona Christian University)
As the faith builders in your home, you can find a complete Bible story worship experience with your child by going to ministrygrid.lifeway.com and create or log in to your free account. Then follow this link for this week’s lesson: Jesus Helped a Man Walk.