Raising Up Spiritual Champions in a Culture Gone Crazy

Our country has been on a spiritual and moral slide for years. With increased access to technology, social media, television, TicTok and YouTube the moral slide has accelerated. 

The enemy (Lucifer) is after our children and grandchildren. He is come to steal, kill and destroy. He doesn't even try to hide it now.  He speaks through the voices of those who follow him and says...

"We're here!"

"We're queer!"

"We're coming for your children!" 

They are shouting this unashamedly in crowds and in gatherings and rallies.

Now it is not just limited to a month.  It is going on all year long.  You can't watch television without seeing same sex propaganda played out in commercials.  Drag Queens gyrating around children, reading books to children at schools and libraries.  "Sex education books" available in school libraries for kids  that display sexual sins in graphic detail.

The government is saying our children belong to them.  They are trying to make critical decisions about children's gender and future without parental involvement and consent. 

There is so much more I could add to this, but if you've been paying attention to our culture recently, you know just how "in your face" and "crazy" it has been.  They are focused on the next generation and make no qualms about it.

Children are being targeted and having doubts placed in their mind about who God created them to be.  This has led to an increase of children and teens making wrong choices about the very core of their identity.

Look at these stats and notice the increase.  This is the generational percentage of adults who identify as "LGBTQ+"  according to Gallup polls.

Traditionalist - .08%

Boomers - 2.6%

Gen X -  4.2%

Millennials - 10.55%

Gen Z - 20.8%

How can we help children not just survive, but thrive and become spiritual champions?

How can we raise up spiritual champions who will lead this nation back to God? 

How can we raise up spiritual champions who will know why they believe what they believe and are able to not just defend their faith, but to also proclaim it to the world?

How can we raise up spiritual champions who will see through the lies of the enemy and stand against it?

How can we see kids develop a Biblical worldview and not follow the sinful whims that are pushed their way?

George Barna says this:

A spiritual champion is “an irrepressible follower of Jesus Christ who accepts the Bible as truth, lives by its principles, and seeks ways to impact the world that continually deepen his or her relationship with God.”

Here are some key things we can do raise up spiritual champions in a culture gone crazy.

Passion in our ministries.  Dead churches produce children and teens who go through the motions without a passion to follow Jesus.The next generation must see that we are passionate about following Jesus and reaching others for Him. 

Apologetics.  We must equip the next generation to know why they believe the Bible is the Word of God and Jesus is their Savior.  They must be able to articulate and defend their faith and beliefs.

Intercessory prayer.  Nothing will be accomplished without prayer.  We must daily lift up the next generation to God in prayer.

A balance of truth and love.  It takes both to be effective.  The world will not listen to us until they know that we truly love them.  It's like a plane.  It takes both wings to fly.  So it is with people. It takes grace and truth to reach them.  The Bible tells us to speak the truth in love.  Truth and love is the combination needed.

Wisdom.  The next generation needs wisdom to navigate this crazy culture. Let's pray that God will fill them with wisdom so they can see and follow the ways of God.

The Bible.  They must know it.  Read it.  Cling to it's truths.  Stand by it when they are told it is outdated and irrelevant.  Use it to convict the lost and bring hope to believers.

Parental guidance.  Parents are the biggest influence in a child's life.  Period.  If we are going to raise up spiritual champions, it will happen through the child's parents.  Invest in parents.  Equip parents to lead their children spiritually. Give them what they need to guide their children through the insanity.

We must remember that we are in a race for the heart of the next generation. We must get their first. 

Your turn.  What are your thoughts on this?  Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.