I am Generation X, the 80’s, the original skinny jeans, big hair, M-TV and the hard rock generation.
We loved our VHS players and our Blockbuster Entertainment stores. We played video games starting with Pong and going from there.
If we weren’t in the big city we tended to play outside with friends from the neighborhood rather than planting ourselves at home in front of televisions.
Yet Hollywood had a tremendous impact on my generation. We were influenced by movies of rebellion disguised as comedies.
Just to name a few, “Animal House,” “Fast Times At Ridgemont High,” & “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” taught us that it was cool to rebel. I know I certainly did.
Yet the challenges that my generation and those preceding it have faced are nothing by comparison to what lies ahead for the young and those have yet to be born.
My heart breaks for this generation and the choices they will need to make. With the strong pull of entertainment becoming even stronger it will take discipline or better yet hunger for Gen Z/Gen A to sit down with the Word of God and tune out the distractions.
It will take determination and resolve to make a stand against those who devalue God in their speech, their choices and their disdain for all things of the Bible and the values it prescribes for individuals, families, communities and nations.
Still there is a great hope. See, I could see a mighty remnant rising up. These were the words I believe I heard from The LORD to describe this movement.
He said, “The first shall be last and the last shall be first.”
Now, consider this.
Generation Z began in 1995 and ended in 2012. From there it is Generation A until 2025.
Generation Z is going BEFORE generation A.
Less than 30% of Generation Z has reached the age of 18. That means that 70% or more are still in their parent’s homes.
This is truly the video game, Facebook, Snap Chat, Twitter, YouTube and all other things social media generation.
They search the virtual world because they are not satisfied with what they see in the real world.
So because so many in this generation do not presently see the truth, that God can give them something real and substantial, they will continue to invent worlds that help to fulfill their deep need to belong, to matter and to be part of something greater than themselves.
Yet all this world offers them is temporary solutions to permanent problems. Their sense of belonging shifts from one place to another, from one ideal to another, from one identity to another.
There is no deep root which defines them and so like tumbleweeds they are tossed about on the winds of this world.
In Christ this generation can, and many will, find their true identities.
While they may start as a small number this number will grow. They will take hold of their identities in Christ, grow deep roots and be immovable in their faith and their willingness to express it.
This is the kind of boldness that has been absent from previous generations and their unwavering stand for righteousness will first be given a savor like salt to preserve a righteous remnant and then that salt will begin to be applied to the rotting flesh that remains of those who are dying.
Like John the Baptist as a forerunner for Christ, this generation will have bold proclaimers of the Kingdom of God.
They will prepare the way for Generation A so that they may ride in on the great wave that has already amassed before them.
This substance that they seek will be manifested through their deep rooted faith.
Signs, wonders and miracles shall follow as they dismiss the nonsense that somehow all of God’s manifest glory was meant only for scripture but not for the present day.
Yet these will understand that while the Bible is written in ink it is also alive. What was written then is the reality for today.
They will take the Bible LITERALLY and as a result their mustard seeds will sprout into mighty trees for the Kingdom.
Because of their shelter life will flourish beneath them.
Watch for these words to come to pass and pray for them to manifest that our eyes may see just a glimpse of the glory of the Kingdom as it manifests itself in love and in might.
~ Mitch Salmon