“I am young in years, and you are aged; therefore I was timid and afraid to declare my opinion to you.” – Job 32:6
Are the voices of our young people being silenced, by traditionalism? Is their way of expressing themselves being usurped by moralistic expectations, shriveling their God-given individuality into a morsel of opinion. Is it ever a wise decision to build a beautiful glass ceiling, preventing our young people to grow in grace, and in their character? This was the ideology of most charismatic denominations. The children and teens were instructed to do as the parents and leaders said, not as the parents and leaders did.
The result has been a whole generation of young adults and teens who have gone far away from fellowship. Some want nothing to do with Church, and aren’t even willing to hear the Gospel. The Church has scared this generation, with their strict moralistic rules, and conditions. Completely forgetting that no one could fulfill such standards without falling. Not to mention, we rarely hear the Gospel of Jesus preached anymore, anyway.
What are we to do? Well this verse from Job might help us out a bit. We read of a disgruntled and angry young man, Elihu. And He not only gives the three friends of Job a piece of his mind, but he also rebukes Job. Was Elihu right in what He did, no. Yet I can’t help but sense the nobility, and reckless righteous indignation coming from young Elihu. All in all the Apostle Paul exhorts Timothy. We should be encouraging our youth, not muzzling them
“Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” – 1 Tim 4:12