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This archived broadcast of Janet Mefford today is brought to you by Bible league. Your gift of $35 will send seven Bibles to Christians in need and your gift of $100 will send 20 Bibles and right now with a matching gift. Your gift will be doubled, now 800 yes word 800 yes word 800 yes word where there's a banner to firstname.lastname@example.org reference to our confidence is in Christ alone, the word of God says that sort of divide people by their named generation so we have the baby boomers. We have Generation X and we have millennial's, but I always thought the best generation name was the one assigned to the World War II generation, also known as the greatest generation out there is a moniker, but in thinking about a greatest generation. I can't help but wonder along with many other people of a new generation could ever be called greatest again or at least greats and what would it take to produce a generation like that were to talk about it today was sociologist and author Jonathan Kanter meant he and his wife founded and direct the 1M mentoring foundation, which helps adults invest in mentoring relationships to build up teen skills, character, confidence, and abilities and today will be discussing Jonathan's book guiding the next great generation rethinking how teens become confident and capable adults. Jonathan welcome. It's wonderful to have you with us today to the reader why would you say we need to rethink how to guide the next generation and how would you define a great generation. Just out of curiosity, will start with why do we think will be generation metal you really think we really look at where to guard today.
We do comparison sure you when I was already there being working and has changed so much and what they have access to today you would be well most remarkable tools that we have ever seen or clear when you both. This so we look at young people. A good to have the resources or at their fingertips.
I believe that they can use those resources to do more good old which is wonderful right we haven't even begun to see what kinds of things can come out of this generation that is so technology savvy, technologically savvy, but again were back to this question about what makes a generation great. When I think about the greatest generation we think about the courage that that generation had to go and fight World War II and to triumph over the enemy into Germany and Japan and all the rest, and we say well date they rose to the occasion. But how do you look maybe back at that generation being called the greatest generation versus the ones that are now upcoming look at what you read through Outlook help poorly with no difficulty was overcame look up young people a day when looking for visionary. We don't have history to write the story, but we have to say what story can be written with the resource to help build them to become the next great generation, but will have to accomplish some pretty phenomenal outcomes.
Young people I'm working with and have been traveling for 25 years now, researching and speaking and writing about young people. I'm seeing that they're coming into a climate where they are going to do remarkable things (work with about a bottle club will comply with the physics user.
All you know adults who are going to cover science that you would like you book in their in their 20s and they are preparing to be financed into a new era that is just absolutely remarkable, no teenagers were running food banks that are teenagers here in North Carolina running food bank that serve over 7000 people a week and she is doing it because she has access to resources not money but community and social networking power to w00t when others overshoot remarkable young lady. They have potential to do it.
Look forward looking at potential more potential to do good with the resources that are out there fingertips for the board discussed but we do comparison. I don't think they're going to overcome previous generations are just going to be the next generation. Yes, right, exactly. So when we were looking at the situation as it stands right now you talk about some of the questions you get from parents and educators about how do we connect. How do we build bridges.
How do we do this and really, as you mentioned, we have technology that seems to be a very big dividing line between those of us were raised in the days before there was such a thing as DVR's and DVD players and and now looking at how they can navigate everything online. But what you say are the biggest things that drive the gap right now is it mainly technology or is it something beyond that one parent say hey listen I there's this gap and I don't know how to get across it generation gap and it will break the generation gap is all part and compare what in the palm of the hand of a teenager today. The soulful and compare it to all. We have a we were there is no there's no real comparison there not helpful computers to have with us at all times the resources they have with them at all times. You and I when we were to have multiple semi trucks, but they haven't called her hand will so we we got super simple example boy take a look at our new no understanding about no concept from when I would so will receive the generation gap widening your shared experience is so important for parents and grandparents for educators and teachers and youth pastors and workers to interact with younger generations instead of pointing in their direction.
They're not doing enough to come over here we need to make certain were reaching out in their direction as well respond very well to our interest we have to agree with them for or even the silly life, everything.
I'm not a I'm not super excited to give myself love, etc. yes, no, I'm interested in flipping season because of this little song trying to reach towards him. My interest is in you, what are you interested in the limelight. This race is an interesting question because when you're talking about, fewer shared experiences and a lot of that being technology is technology itself a bit of the problem. I can see you think. I say this is a mom if I took the technology away more often. Maybe we would have more shared experiences because we would get away from all of this stuff will work.
Technology is very big part will take with her hand to extract them from what I want them to be. This technology way. We have to remove all whole lot of other things that are important to anybody all generation so current track the context of attention so how are we engaging young people today way that draws their attention for any duration time for work will all to a shared experience. So am I inviting my son my kids to go do things with me or my sick all they wouldn't be interested. Why won't know until I give it a go. Am I purposely engage in a conversation think they want to talk about versus just me trying to get Sage from the stage of life work. Not everything is a battle to be one this generation by any means, but they certainly have the man to be impressed upon them that they need or guiding accomplish well as you put on the block. In some sense you really can't close that Can you not entirely for the distance. We can bridge the gap but we are knocking the closing. We went out on the shortest between our two point rather than highlight but how far apart we are on the narrow space we need to build a bridge between where they are where we are watching people work simultaneously working towards the middle and we meet in the middle and that's what well and that's a really important thing because I think a lot of parents to worry about that and a lot of educators as well. Another question I want to get into when we come back from the break has to do with what we can teach today's emerging generations to ensure they will one day do and even be better than we are working to tackle that question with Jonathan Canavan when we come back talking about is guiding the next great generation listening to Janet for today will return right after this here's Dan Steiner, president of pre-born with an important update global COBIT 19 viruses creating funding difficulties for many of springboards clinics with canceled events which help fund the clinic operations all while this happening are clinics are seeing more and more women in unplanned pregnancies call us as sheltering in orders have generated more unplanned pregnancies are call centers flooded with girls calling. Can you help us in this time of increase need pre-born is the largest provider of free ultrasounds in the country and the direct competition to Planned Parenthood. Your gift of $28 will provide one free ultrasound $140 will provide five free ultrasounds to help a mom in need. Choose life. Call now 855402, baby. That's 855-402-2229.
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Your gift will be doubled, now 800 yes word 800 yes word 800 yes word or there's a banner to click and chanted Mefford.com you're listening to you sing right to be talking with Jonathan having his book is called guiding the next great generation rethinking how teens become confident and capable adults. I think everything apparently seen right now wants to have confidence and capable adults and sometimes wonders if our kids will turn out that way. It's nice to have a little bit of help in that regard Jonathan but one of the questions that you talked about in the book that you are often asked is what can we teach the coming up generations to ensure that those teenagers will one day do better than we've done and be better than we've been. How do you begin to answer that question for parents who want to move in that direction.
First thing we need to address that your live with what our home in her classroom demands on them every day that or so Lord we grew up with will also better very, so we can help them prepare to take on the demand will see them as challenges and we love child of our brand love child if they face the same demands on prepared and the threat we have the fight or flight mechanism. When so I like to our parents and our influencers in the lives of young people to say okay although I help prepare young people today. The suit demands of life as challenges rather than threats and the like. Challenge number two in the book there I lay out there for challenges intelligible one is to build bridges between the generations know how you do that will actually chose to three and four. Help triple challenge to the practice stewardship for leadership and I have heard for years that we got ready to be better leaders record coaches focus leaders in Paris so good to be leaders and I don't hear a whole lot about cortical stewardship and if you can learn to be faithful little you can learn to be grateful much so that you can't be faithful little. I don't want to leave him anywhere so we we are working with kids to be good stewards of family and community education, business, government, faith is that conflict of stewardship of poor leadership and practice makes perfect. Practicing still worship this practice to get better because there's no such thing as perfect better. Yeah that's right so bridging the gap between the generations how what we teach them both teaching to practice stewardship for leadership next child to be transfer law pellets and divide strength intelligible for all very important. So for example when you're talking about practicing stewardship before leadership. One of the things that popped in my head immediately as my husband and I have always taught our kids get a job when their teenagers. We want them to earn their own money so they understand where money comes from.
But it's also to build a work ethic and one of the things we always tell them is gotta start at the bottom and if you do a good job on the bottom you'll move up and I have seen some of the fruits of that in our kids lives just understanding that you're not owed anything in life. I think that so much of a problem in society where kids think wine bright.
I got all A's.
I was a national honor Society. I graduated summa cum laude nine now ready to be CEO at 22 United life doesn't work that way. Do you find a lot of that being more of a problem now just with a helicopter parenting and all the rest loaded question because it helicopter curcumin grown parking helicopter picture right and wrong way over there for anybody in your way and we gotta be careful and not even one of those pair so we set unrealistic expectations work because they get every award there got a woeful appropriate we've told him they're good at everything we are. We are setting them up for struggle when you're agree with you that start at the bottom but the bottom in our mind. The cologne bottom and there we grew up leaders over followers started at the bottom and work your way up, hopefully to a point of leadership. They are like that.
They have a different bottles that she layers leaders over followers membership welcome to Jean stewardship responsible management and supervision and protection entrusted to your care and then leadership and leadership invitation while you are doing such a exportable job. Could you actually have to be doing a good job.
Show me how you did that. That's an invitation for leadership where women tell kids all the time help you to stand up and make a moisture note, do the right thing, that that's not a leader. Don't mean to be in the face of parents and their color to their leaders. You're not a stork. First, you're not a leader yet so when we or yes get a job.
Work your way up about do your laundry. Learn how to practice, practice changing a tire in your driveway before you user all little yet still popular thinking abilities that been translated into bigger things like showing up to work on part like honesty and integrity. That's important so those little things are preparing your kids to become adults. But that's a long process. It's not like you can just take them aside for one week boot camp on how to be an adult.
You really have to be doing those things in small doses and working your way up all along. It would seem that right think that it was never too early to start learning and practicing in Paris. Please remember that a lucky little woman done deal. One of them teach so there practicing something over duration of time jurors will get better over the years we have parents have to be patient. Sure, that's right.
Well, what about the issue of talents that the you know the challenge that you mentioned about transforming raw talents into valued strengths because you are born with a certain amount of talent in whatever area fits academics or music or sports or what have you. How do you advise parents to transform those talents into valued strengths and and really build character and their kids starts with changing a bit of our language about what help is love her to parasail my phone out were my daughter is very talented soccer goalie. My son is a Celtic guitar player, my daughter's apparel to chin up there. I say no they're actually not there soccer player football player. There is no such thing as a childhood ballpark. There's a talented athlete is trained in football, talented musician who is trained in piano. We need to get back to what hell truly goes because the world when they step outside of the shelter and support of our home world is looking for strength.
You gotta be able to contribute more than expected pick away and so that also plays into going to work again and what are you going to get paid at work. If you have a drink in the workplace, then you will be more valued than work which you just have Helen that has been developed than what we were looking for strength in the organization.
So the way to develop strength. The combination of identify what shelters include no training, commit to the time to practice and patience will work over duration, probably years and then be a good steward of your treasures, so's talent, training, priming and treasures. Those four things combined build strength and it's something that doesn't happen right and we can boot camp. It takes time to take years and consistency are parroting guiding side. That's right. Well, there a lot of different directions you could go with that advice. But what would be an example of that. If you have a kid with a certain talent in a certain area. How do you get to the strength portion of your advice on where the fun one. Your listeners will probably be able to relate your child likes to argue might not always be right there shortly never wrong.
Everybody knows that God actually is help to be able to put up a good argument of the Celt have they been in the debate class.
Are you interested in politics or apologetics, where, how can they be trained so that that critical mind their desire to fax in and argue points put into practice and then commit the time and training to that practice and patience for when we go over to the treasures part yellow son or daughter who really likes the debate, and you figure this out when you're very young and now they're into middle school, high school, often to college treasures are equally as important treasures. Your reputation get your finances, the relationships you have the opportunities that present themselves. If we squander our treasure then we don't get to live our strength to its full value. So please parents guide your kids to be good stewards of the treasures of their life because that will open up the door access to viable appellate level, turning the help of all the time commitment treasure cheap to strike and what about living with purpose. Things like fulfilling your position in having goals in life and that sort of thing. How would you guide parents. In that regard. So, vision, mission, goals for three values of living with purpose and in the context of that we can get very good thing about what you'd like, God's purpose for life and I love going there shortly gone there for years.
What is the purpose of why a person gets a bit stupid on the floor.
Each day when you're young difficult thing to see. So we start with what's the vision that clear mental picture of the preferred future by sky like me stand on your tiptoes trend rising up and looking around the corner. You can't actually see it with your eyes and in your mind. Ask your kids wear yourself doing and you see yourself being here or three years or five years work. You can fast-forward to any age. Give me a vision of what that looks like we can't be hard to move in the direction to complete it.
So get them thinking about who I want to be wanted to. Vision is your where your mission is your why should driving forces because your client because you look just because your competitive why do you feel this way.
Why is that vision board, with the fuel behind that mission and the goals are what you really are is from point A to point B in a duration of time. We got a bill to measure progress and you gotta get countable.
We know that if you just have a goal, I think it's really good slightly bold you are. Joseph and 95 likely sees become really good countable very good Jonathan Cadman thanks for being with us guiding next great generation will be back in Jan this archived broadcast of Janet my for today is brought to you by by the lake. Your gift of $35 will send seven Bibles to Christians in need and your gift of $100 will send 20 Bibles and right now with a matching gift. Your gift will be doubled, now 800 yes word 800 yes word 800 yes word where there's a banner to clack and Janet Mefford.com Janet Mefford today and here's your host Joe Mefford has been very interesting to see the leftist response to Earth Day this week to stay every year when it rolls around, I just can roll my eyes along with it. Earth Day rolling around my eyes rolling around. It's kind of fun but it is interesting to see what the last responses every single time.
Earth Day pops off the Pope reacted in typical fashion, Pope Francis made an impassioned plea for protection of the environment saying the coronavirus pandemic had shown that some challenges had to be met with a global response and the headline on this piece over at I think this is Reuters says on Earth Day Pope says nature will not forgive our trespasses, last I checked, nature can't forget anything because nature and God are not synonymous, there's a creator and there's his creation and there separated from one another, and so I wouldn't expect that the tree could forgive me where the river could forgive me or any other thing in nature would ever have any moral authority over me whatsoever, but the Pope says if we have deteriorated the earth.
The response will be very ugly very ugly and you know what this is all about.
This is all about the new green DL or the green new DL or whatever they want to call it in any particular quarter were there pushing this climate change nonsense. I just I get so old but it's weird to me. What I really focused in on his I'm reading a lot of the stories about it is the fact that they are anthropomorphizing the earth it's gone from let's take of the care of the environment with which I completely agree. I buy I don't like littering.
I don't want dirty water. I don't want polluted air. I'm not for those things but I am against turning nature into a God. Is that not what Romans one specifically condemns. This is how God describes the downgrade of mankind when it talks about the wrath of God being revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them.
For God made it evident to them. In other words, you can tell there's a God because you can look all around you and see evidence for it. For since the creation of the world his invisible attributes, his eternal power and divine nature has been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made so that they are without excuse for even though they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures and what's the next verse. Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, and it goes downhill from there. But it all starts with this real confusion about the role of the planet in your life. It is creation and there's a creator over it and you have a moral responsibility to him because he is God, he gave you life and breath and everything that is in everything you have and you are completely dependent on him at all times so you need to heat his word. But that's not what's going on. Here's another example of this. This is from the UN website usually frequent the UN website but this is interesting.
They say on this particular story.
Kovic 19 pandemic and unprecedented wake-up call for all inhabitants of mother Earth. There's no mother Earth. There's just a planet that God created mother Earth mother Earth it is. And I want to play for you a little message here from anger Anderson. She is the UNEP chief and released a video to commemorate the mother Earth Day.
I guess the calling at the international mother Earth Day with the like how Gnostic and creepy can you get the deed just used to be Earth Day didn't now it's international mother Earth Day has just now were not doing that.
But listen to some of what she had to say One only beginning to understand that the more we have put pressure on nature. The more that is then impacting us. We have as humanity impacted and altered about 75% of the surface of planet and we've done so, of course, to be able to live on this planet and to enable civilizations and humanity to thrive, but we've also encroached on nature Coast forest degradation and landscape degradation and engaged in illegal wildlife trade and each of these has been a component that has led us to where we are today and in so doing we are beginning to understand now that healthy people and a healthy planet is part and parcel of the same continuum will be also understand that climate change could cause an even greater danger and therefore I 3 to 4° warmer world is something that we cannot even begin to imagine. Hang on just a second here because she began that entire diatribe by citing the coronavirus at this time of coded 19 things are so horrible and there is illegal wildlife trade and what to do with coronavirus.
So what does that have to do with anything the correct virus so far as we know it came from Wuhan, China.
You know the Communists over and Wuhan. The Communists over in China who are now being sued by states like Missouri and other private firms over causing such widespread destruction and death and sickness and economic turmoil China China. You don't want to talk about those Marxist because you guys are Marxists also and nobody wants to hold them accountable and this is why Pres. trampled the funding from the World Health Organization because they basically didn't want to throw China under the boss and I were all paying the price for it. That's Nancy doesn't talk about that.
She does talk about this to, but as professionals who work in the environment sector covert. Also, percents with some to do items we need to ensure first of all that we deal in medical waste in a responsible way and help all health professionals to do just that. We also need to make sure that as we provide stimulus as countries provide stimulus to economic growth to get out of the crisis that we help find ways to build back data Back Creek Green or ensure the data green jobs as we transition into green infrastructure into green opportunities into green jobs and find because we need to transform the relationship between human beings in nature. Make sure that we understand how synoptic diseases develop, and ensure that we can protect humankind, but also protect animals to ensure that we do not have these tense transmission pathways and pathogens going between people and animals. All this is is taking the current situation and exploiting it for what their real agenda is, and that is exactly what she said we want to green economy want to redistribute the wealth we want to push this climate change agenda on all of you and this is the perfect crisis that we won't let go to waste because when I go to this story and I go back to the Gen. assembly Pres. what is his name Mohammed Bondi. That's his last name in this is what he says he reaffirmed the UN's commitment to promote harmony with nature for a just, sustainable and prosperous society.
In his message, he conceded that the law suffering unprecedented challenges created by Kovic 19 has affected everyone's daily lives and awoken us to the fact that solidarity is our best and first line of defense dealing with communist China might that be a better first line of defense dealing with then no there never to talk about that and he gave some stupid quote that I'm not gonna bore you with. But then it goes on in the story to extrapolate out some of what his thoughts are. He underscored the importance of prioritizing the sustainable use of planetary resources when pursuing industrial growth, notably in food production and agriculture into protect biodiversity and climate action efforts industrial practices and urban expansion hold on a moment to hold the phone, urban expansion, protecting urban asked urban areas are where you've had the most problems with the spread and the deaths associated with code 19 I just like to point that out. I know in agenda 21 that these UN globalist types want to move us all into cities. We've done interviews. For example, with Tom Deweese from the American policy Center talking about that they want to move us all into cities that's that's where all the screen agenda stuff is gonna be the coronavirus pandemic shows why in many cases living in rural areas. A pretty smart idea. Might you have challenges neither area, but he goes on to say, we will only preserve mother Earth through a paradigm shift from a human centric society to an earth centered global ecosystem and no were not doing that calling education critical to safeguarding our planet Mr. Mohammed Bondi maintained that everyone has something to teach and something to learn and by working together the world could implement the SDG's in harmony with nature.
I don't know you know what environmentalism is not the same thing as your Marxist redistribution of wealth agenda and when I can exploit the Kovic 19 pandemic in order to bring it about that so long as I is a freedom loving American in you is a freedom loving American will stand firm and Satan out my not doing that for to come stay with us. This is Janet Matt for and were partnering with the Bible league on stand with them Bibles for the persecuted church. Paul reminded Timothy that all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. Persecution is defined as suffering for the sake of Christ and his glory and it comes in many forms all over the world. In India, it's being shunned by Hindu family members in China. It's the loss of church buildings in the Middle East. It could be jail or even death at the hands of extremists. Isaiah is a new Christian praying for the nourishment that comes only from God's word sent him a Bible for only five dollars $100 sends Bibles to 20 Christians through the end of April. There's a final survival match that will help us send God's word to his many persecuted Christians as possible. All you have to do is call 800 yes word that 800 yes word or there's a banner to click and Janet never.com 800 yes word. Are you in need of a healthcare program you're in love as a member of Liberty healthcare in your part of a community that comes together to share their medical expenses. You can sign up throughout the year. With membership starting as early as the following month and there are no contracts or commitments.
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If this anger Anderson with the UN lower than a learn from this and create green jobs will one of the world. Green jobs have to do with a virus that started in the Chinese lab bunch of communists who didn't tell us in time that they had this deadly virus and it spread and the World Health Organization enabled them to kinda cover it up until it was already out of control. So here we are, but we have all these greenies out there talking about mother nature and mother Earth and doing the Romans one thing and it's all about the creation. It's all about the planet. Where is any attention being drawn to the creator to God himself to the fact that we have offended him and we have broken his law and we have grieved him and we have incurred his wrath.
We have it's just a fact. The Bible says so. And we know that God's word is true. Michael Moore is a perfect example of this. He was over on MSNBC with Brian Williams and this was birthday chat. I guess listen to this Three is a political and journalism issue Windows climate change come roaring back to the front page the very top of the newscast will receive during MSNBC will was all green and commitment on the part of your company to this issue because it's not a partisan issue.
This time Lawrence always loved her so much more to do this pandemic.
On the other end of this essay. You know the reasons we were just in this kind of nature was reacting to something that we have been doing to this planet.
This virus just in come out of nowhere did it happen because of the way we've been treating other species and how it made its way from the species to us. We need to really examine the mother nature has told us it is time all room and out literally just figuratively so time to think about treating this planet. We've got to change. This is what is counting for so-called intelligent discourse on your local TV news station. Mother natures putting us in time out. I'm a filmmaker who constantly brags about the progressive causes and then says it's not a partisan issue in nature was reacting to something were doing to the planet or the Communists in Wuhan, China were messing around in the lab and things got out of control. They try to cover it up and a lot of people died that that might be an alternative narrative yes we do want to take care of our planet, but she's just lying.
It's ridiculous. Why can't these lefties admit what really is going on now over at CNN is for you because they're so entertaining and in their sad at the same time, but Bill Weir over at CNN said coronavirus has helped humanity really is helped humanity. How is that the case let's us in the cut for about the effects are harder to see what is this pause in the Industrial Revolution doing to the chemistry of our sky locals in northern India so they can see the Himalayas for the first time in decades before and after satellite imagery shows how nitrogen dioxide pollution over North America's big cities is down by as much as 30%, but the blanket of heat trapping gases around our planet is still thicker than ever and it seems to be this perception that maybe the virus is helped humanity by some time. When it comes to global warming. What's what's wrong with that assumption. We have to keep doing this even more and do it for the next 30 years to relieve the curve on the greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is really huge draft of the Scottish children pollution fosters pouring pouring pouring more and all we've done is turned on the faucet a little bit but is filling up okay. Well, millions of people have lost their jobs in the United States and their food lines now in their threats of worldwide famines and you have economic collapse right and left and hospitals don't have enough patience and their losing money hand over fist, but at least people in India can see the Himalayas snack that doesn't make you feel better.
You can see the Himalayas you know you can see the Himalayas on a clear day in India, even without a pandemic reporting is this.
Let's let him finish cut five thanks of the current oil crash when the lockdown is lifted will see the lowest gas prices in generations, and with Donald Trump's Environmental Protection Agency cutting thousands of regulations. Experts say a spike in pollution seems inevitable. Both EPA and earth. They were born when the air and water got to file for everyday Americans to ignore. 50 years later sciences warning that the storms, floods and fires of the climate crisis are growing too frequent, too severe to ignore what's left everyday folk everywhere deciding that their planet deserves more than one minor holiday like Pres., deciding that the saved life as we know it every day should be Earth Day virologist for years tried to warn us that an invisible enemy would come out of the jungles which is All of them down and they were right. So if any good can come of this.
Allison maybe it's it's an understanding that the climatologists were warning about the invisible enemy of God in our she's really should take them seriously to boy while what are they talking about what are they saying in that report there talking about your invisible enemy and and people need to make every day Earth Day. What are they missing here seems to me what they're missing is God from the very beginning when I was talking about Romans chapter 1, I thought there always focused on the earth and not on the creator of the earth. What you think the creator and his involvement is in in this current crisis I've seen Christian articles actually saying God has nothing to do with us that whether or not you believe that this is one of the judgments that is mentioned in the Olivet discourse of Matthew 24 and Jesus mentioning earthquakes and pestilences in famines. This could or could not be part of those particular birth pangs.
I personally think that they are because that's exactly what Jesus describes, but even if you don't believe that how can you say God is not involved. Are we back to the to the watchmaker theory, the deists of the early American founding, that God is like a watchmaker. He winds up the world and just watches it run out to some Christians that I'm reading are speaking this way. I went back to a really good sermon transcript from Ray Steadman. You might remember him from Peninsula Bible church. Years ago, is one of my favorites and he was writing about Matthew 24 and talking about all of the things Jesus said about what the signs would be of the end of the age and we talked about this passage before but he talks about the natural calamity section where Jesus says there will be famines and earthquakes in various places.
All this is, but the beginning of the birth pangs and in the King James it talks about pestilences and Ray Steadman says for almost 2000 years. These natural calamities have been occurring, they are not there for signs of the times. Jesus simply states that during the intervening age there will be famines, pestilences, earthquakes and other natural disasters, and each one will be a threat to belief in God. Sometimes Christians mistakenly try to convince skeptics that God is love by parading the evidence of nature. They described the beauty of the sunset, the glory of the mountains, etc. but what becomes of that argument. When the tornadoes and earthquakes bury one's children in their ruins and famine takes the bread from their lips and parents must watch their children's distended bodies with no food to get them where that is the argument for the love of God as revealed in nature. How do you preach God's love to those who are stumbling along in dumb terror playing a volcano who is not felt the shivers of doubt that come when we read of terrible disasters or calamities such doubt can be answered by a clear understanding of the purposes and the workings of God.
But how many are pressured by grief to believe the apparently obvious and will not wait for an explanation. Surely we need the Lord's warning, take heed that no one leads you astray and I thought that was a really good point and he also talks about the rise and cynicism in close connection. Jesus adds many false prophets will arise.
This is at the end of the age and lead many astray and because wickedness is multiplied most men's love will grow cold here. The peril is cynicism. It is cold and brutal indifference which arises out of the teaching of false prophets, do not read this is though there are religious men. Men tear exclusively the false Christ the Lord mentioned earlier weren't unquestionably religious. Here he uses the term profit which refers to any who speak authoritatively, philosophers, professors, scientists, statesmen, those leaders of thought who shape and mold the thinking of the common man interesting is that what they will teach is the sanctity of self-interest, the insistence on having my rights no matter what happens to the other fellow. The true prophet insists on the rights of God, but the false prophet upholds only the rights of man and isn't that interesting in a time when were looking to the experts and the elites to tell us how to think and what to do and how to mold policy and tell me how long I have to be locked out of my house. We have to remember that false prophets don't just occur in the religious realm but also in the secular realm and we need to know like Amy Grant used to saying we need to know who to and who not to listen to the word of God is what you should listen to the word of God is what you should study and meditate on and believe and cling to at this time of the pandemic and not just during crisis times, but every time in which to leave it there.
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