The Corruption Of Our Young People

June 30, 2012

The Corruption of Our Young People

            What do you think would be the response of seeing a man parked on a bridge throwing raw garbage in the river? Most people would be outraged.  They would ask, “Why is he allowed to pollute the water?”  However, there is another serious form of contamination that is altogether too often condoned by the world.  I speak of the corruption that is constantly being poured into the impressionable minds of our young people.

Corruption comes through many channels.  Among them are the television, the radio, the Internet and contemporary music.  They hear things they shouldn’t hear.  More and more they are bombarded with, not only slang, but what the Bible calls “filthy communication” (Colossians 3:8).  Dirty minds give them a dirty heart and a dirty mouth.  Even grade school children pick it up from their playmates in school.  They also see things their eyes shouldn’t see.  The Internet is filled with pornography.  Even the way many girls dress excites sexual desires.

Many modern young people have no inhibitions.  Anything goes.  Their parents don’t put limits on them.  Seldom do they hear anyone condemn their improper behavior.  Therefore they assume that it must be acceptable.  What’s to hinder them from going the wrong way

Young people need our help.  Someone needs to be telling them what’s right and wrong.  Many times we refrain from saying anything for fear that we will be criticized.  Maybe we will be criticized, but if enough people would speak up it would make an impact on young minds. Many times the parents of young people are embarrassed and broken hearted by the immoral behavior of their children.  We need to have empathy for them.  To say nothing gives young people more reason to think they are right.

The person with high moral standards is often termed a “fuddy duddy” by young people.  By that, they mean he is old fashioned and reluctant to change or innovate.  Who is right?  The answer to that question is found by looking at the end results of an unrestricted life style.

It’s heartbreaking to see what’s happening with today’s young people.  If they are undisciplined in their childhood and youth, they will be undisciplined when they get to be adults.  They won’t have the power to say “no.” The result is that their lives are ruined by addictions.  They don’t have self discipline to study or complete on the job.  They assume that the world owes them a living and they will turn to revenge and violence if they don’t get what they want

Being indulgent with our children and young people contributes to their corruption.  Parents, grandparents and their adult leaders are to blame.

It may be too late to rescue many of our young people, but I would like to suggest some things we can do.  We need to be humble and honest and confess to them that we have failed them by being indulgent and cowards when we should have warned them.  Criticizing them most likely won’t help.  We could also write letters to television channels and radio stations and plead with them to clean up their programming.  Above all, we need to make young people, and others, aware of what the Bible says.  We need to take heed to James 1:14-15.  “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.  Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” Romans chapter one has much to say about the fruits of unrighteousness.  We are seeing those fruits all around us by those who “change the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things.  Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:” (Romans 1:23-24)

If we tolerate corruption we will have to live with it.  Cleaning it up is costly, but to continue to tolerate it will be even more costly.  What will you do?

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