GEMS BY JEREMY

 

Younger American generations you are not looking for socialism, you are looking for righteousness.

James 3:16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.

Righteousness as defined by Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Righteousness)

In the word "righteousness," the suffix "-ness" modifies the adjective "righteous," which is "right" modified by "-ous." Righteousness is a phenomenon or state or condition of: resembling or displaying the nature of moral, good, correct, true, factual, excellent, just, virtuous, natural, morally upright, correct for situations, balanced, and honorable being or being in such a state.

I was spending time with the Lord, reading his word and praying.  I was reading James 3 and specific verses began to stand out to me.  As I was reading, I thought of recent articles, videos, and news reports relating specifically to millennials and the Gen Z generations.  Some of the news stories discuss how millennials are not interested in owning homes.  Others report how a majority of millennials are not planning on voting in the 2018 election.  Many articles and news stories discuss how millennials and the gen z generations are embracing socialism.  From their point of view our society in its current state is not working.

The Problem:

I believe the Holy Spirit revealed to me that the younger generations are searching for something.  Many young adults, (I am 43 and so everyone 10 or more years younger than me fit into the young adult category) have entered adulthood in a society where we have pushed the boundaries of separation of church and state well beyond the intentions of our forefathers.  In addition to the fact that many grew up in homes that never opened a bible or attended church, they do not know where to look for the solutions to societies’ ills as they see them. 

The Consequence:

As young adults look around, they see destruction, lies, selfish ambition, broken marriages, broken families, death, and disease.  All they see is a culture that is fragmented and broken.  They are not in a hurry to get married and are not interested in the “American Dream” as much as past generations have been.  They understand that these things won't make them happy.  They do not trust the media or those in authority to provide accurate unbiased information so that they can make informed decisions.  Being well educated they place much value on making informed choices as we all should. 

God Turning Evil for our Good:

What they are looking for is righteousness.  Some struggle to understand the motivations and what drives younger generations.  I am excited because I see God at work even if the younger generations do not realize why they are making the decisions they are.  Over the past 25 years students reporting to have had sex in high school has decreased by almost 20%.  Younger generations see abortion differently than Gen Xrs and Baby Boomers.  Some are beginning to question the morality of abortion.  When asked why millennials are not in a hurry to get married, they sight the divorce rate in America.  Again, they are looking for righteousness.  They may not know the term, but they do know the characteristics when they see them.   James 3:13-18 reveals the problem as well as the solution. 

James 3:13-18 NIV

Who is wise and understanding among you?  Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.  But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth.  Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.  For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.  But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.  Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness. 

The question you should ask yourself is whose wisdom am I using?  If you are living by earthly wisdom, get into God’s word and ask the Holy Spirit for wisdom from heaven.               

 

Jeremy Gove 

Kearney, NE

 

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