The Lost Generation
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I held a candy bar in my hand on a windy afternoon in Patterson. Laughter and conversations of middle school students seemed to drown out the birds flying overhead, and the anticipation of many afternoon games was everywhere. And then I heard it. A simple phrase cut through the air, “There is no God.”

It came from a young man, too young to understand the depth of what he had just said, but old enough that it should have mattered.

I turned to him, and asked, “What makes you say that?”

His answer was very matter of fact, saying that he based it upon science and the reasoning he gleaned from friends and family.

To him, God was a myth.

I can remember a time in America when no such declaration would come from our lips, but we now hear it regularly. Like many, I have come to a realization that we are losing a generation. We have not given them the greatest gift of our American dream, the heritage of a belief in Almighty God.

So that you understand my point, this is not a political statement. It is not Obama’s fault that our young people do not know God. It is not the fault of Congress, the State powers, or any political party.

Our decline did not begin when prayer was taken from schools, or when the Ten Commandments were removed from specific walls. Instead, our decline began before that, when we stopped praying in our own homes and stopped telling our own children about God’s Word.

We can try to shift blame all we want to the schools or political system, but our real culprit looks at us in the mirror each day. That person decided God is not important, and we now see the consequences.

We now have a generation without hope, without foundation, and without Godly meaning in life, where right and wrong are reduced to an ethics outline without reference to God’s Holy Word.

It should not surprise us when our children curse or hate or lie or steal. How else can they act without God’s foundation?

We must regain our sense of hope in God and our value of His Word. We do this by reading His Word each day to one another in our homes, by praying together each day, and by demonstrating to our children that God matters. If we fail to reconnect to His supreme importance, we are giving up on the next generation, and they will most certainly be lost without Him.

The Rev. Dale Hensarling is pastor of Patterson Covenant Church. Sermon notes is a column by local religious leaders.
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March 13, 2014
As society learns more and more, the need for a deity to explain the mysteries tend to vanish. Angels and devils are going the way of Zeus and Valkyries. Science has proven itself better at solving the mysteries of life, whereas religion tends to fracture into more and more denominations as irreconcilable dogma piles up.

And morality is also a big part in people moving away from religion. The Bible is one of the worst moral guides we have for today. It promotes genocide, slavery, and hatred. Even if you throw away the barbaric parts of the Old Testament, you still wind up with one of the most vile religious creations from the New Testament: hell.

Young people are leaving religion because they see how it teaches people to be filled with hate or bigotry towards homosexuals. How it causes people to be judgmental and seek to subjugate others. How it hampers science and social progress.

Remember that each generation complained about how horrible the youth is. But if you look at studies, you will see that theft and violent crimes have been declining over time. So the data does not bear out your idea that the youth are more corrupt than ever. If anything, it appears to be the reverse.

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