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.