Summary: To challenge each family to evaluate where the children are in the matter of spirituality.
WHERE ARE OUR CHILDREN?
INTRODUCTION: Do you know where your children are tonight? Do you know what they are doing? Do you know what their plans are for life?
We live in an age when more children are attending Christian schools than ever before. In Florida more than fifty percent of the school children attend Christian schools. More effort is made by secular programs to reach the attention and the heart of the youth of America. Every avenue of advertisement, and manufacture has been fabricated to lure the young person.
Most church rolls are dominated by ages 15 - 30 years of age. There seems to be an effort to persuade the younger generation into every area of society whether it be secular or religious. But the sad thing is that most of the involvement by the young is directed outside of the church house and in the wiles of Satan. We have an entire generation of young people that we can’t find. Oh, they are around, but they are disinterested in the things that they were 30 years ago. They are around, but they are not fitting into the mainstream of the church and Bible teachings. That is pretty much the way it is in every church. I’m not just talking about the youth in our church, but all youth collectively.
Judg 2:10 "And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the LORD, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel."
This verse carries a sad message. Who’s to blame for that situation? Who’s fault is it that a generation grows up and doesn’t know the Lord? Is it the kids fault? Is it society’s fault? No, it is the fault of the homes and churches. We must teach them from the time we bring them home from the hospital. We can’t wait until their last year in high school and then in two or three months prepare them for life. That doesn’t work.
I want to ask some questions tonight and as you answer them, apply this message to your own home life.
I. WHERE ARE THEY SPIRITUALLY?
A. “Which Knew Not The Lord.”
That tells me that they are lost without Christ. They are unsaved. Our public schools have turned out a generation of atheistic kids that don’t believe in God or the Bible.
Some Christian schools have produced a bunch of “holier than thou” kids that can quote half of the Bible, but can’t figure out how to live their lives for God.
B. Some Reports Say That The Children Are Returning To The Bible.
I won’t argue with that, but I would like to know where they are, if this be true. I don’t see much change in the last ten years. Actually they are farther away from God than ever before.
C. Prov 30:12 "There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness."
This is speaking of those who claim to be redeemed, yet they haven’t given any attention to what the Bible says about a sinner. They have ignored the fact that the Bible says there is a hell. They hold the attitude of, “Who needs God?” They will accept the participation of their peers into the devilish vices of the day. They don’t condemn drinking booze nor uncondemned sex. There is no black or white, just gray.
“Yet they are not washed from their filthiness. This means they are unsaved. They have not been to the cross of Calvary and had that cleaning of the Blood of the Lamb.
There is a fountain filled with blood
Drawn from Immanuel’s veins;
And sinners plunged beneath that flood,
Lose all their guilty stains.
They have rejected God’s love and provision.
D. Where Are They Spiritually?
Make sure your children are saved. You may say, “All of mine are saved.” Don’t take it for granted. Talk about it often and openly. About fifty percent of our baptisms are those who have made a prior profession of faith. Don’t let your children go to hell. We must put some spiritual backbone in each of them.
Don’t be satisfied with just what they are taught in the Sunday School.
II. WHERE ARE THEY INTELLECTUALLY?
A. The Public Schools Are Dumbing Down The Children So That Each Are “Intellectually Correct”. They system does not want one child to succeed more than another. Every child in the class room should have the same IQ so the government thinks.
B. Homework Is Not Expected Anymore. Homework will reduce their social time, and therefore they will be mentally and emotional challenged if they have to spend too much time in homework. Most all of the children in the oriental lands and homes are much farther ahead of the kids in the USA because we will not force them to learn. Listen to me parents, you are doing your child a disfavor if you are not forcing them to learn to their capacity. I have wished thousands of times that my parents had made me work harder in high school. The mind of a young person is too great to waste. Make them learn. They should spend at least as much time maybe more in the school books as they do in pleasure, sleep, and TV combined.