It is shocking these days to look at our media and local dailies only to be hit by a mind blowing occurrence. Crime is on the rise and the worst bit is that criminals are now even at their worst as they recruit children and young men and women and use them to cause insecurity and commit crime. Many are the times we have seen documentaries showing how children living in the slums are trained on how to shoot, then given guns . These children often times are of the school going age. One can not help it but struggle and wonder where this world is going. Is there any hope for our lost and dark world?
With all these realities that are threatening the lives and the future of our young men and women something ought to be done. There is need for the gospel to be proclaimed. In our context the biggest challenge that we have is that we have replaced and supplemented the gospel. The gospel of our day says that if ones life is hard and we are going through persecution then we need Jesus to come and make things work out for us. We always think that the gospel is the minimum requirement that a non believer needs to get to heaven and for those of us who have already been ‘born again’ we ought to graduate to something more than the gospel in order to live a Christian life and be effective at it. Indeed this is a lie from the enemy, Satan, the god of this age. In the Bible Satan is called “the god of this age” (2 Corinthians 4:4) and “the prince of this world” (John 12:31; 16:11). Furthermore, Satan, whose name means “adversary,” is the god of this age in that he is the supreme exemplar of evil. In the words of Jesus, “He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44). Indeed, all the sin of the world is patterned after Satan: “He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning” (1 John 3:8). It is he “who leads the whole world astray” (Revelation 12:9).
Now there is the problem that we are dealing with, we have changed and replaced the truth of God with human knowledge and philosophies. Paul speaks to the Corinthians and says , I did not come to you with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. He says he wanted their faith not to rest on mans wisdom but God’s power and that is why Paul chose to preach Christ crucified, the gospel. The gospel is all we have and it is what we need to brace ourselves with as we get into schools and higher institutions of learning. We are living in very dangerous times and things are not going to change any time soon if anything there will be worse times ahead before we see our Lord Jesus come to us. The disease that we are fighting against in this age is sin, this has eaten us and all that remains is blotted selves. The problem of our young boys and girls is not that they are not educated enough or they do not know what they want in life. By all means we should mentor them to be responsible and self reliant but when we miss out on the main thing that is the gospel of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ then we will still lose them with all the education and good prospective lives.
We do not need any other thing bigger or even more philosophical and well planned, researched and executed apart from the gospel. All we have to do is to point out who we are, that which our young people are struggling with is sin, addictions, pervasion, twisted characters among many other things. This is the bad news, that they as well us included cannot do anything apart from being a sin factory. All of us are like sheep gone astray and we neither acknowledge God, neither are we obedient to Him. What we deserve is the full punishment and judgment from God. This is not to downplay the place and need for counseling, but we ought to proclaim the truth of God, the gospel of Christ crucified faithfully.
All is not lost, we have a hope, our hope is Christ. That while we were yet sinners Christ died for us, Jesus has taken our rightful punishment and judgment from God. Both the past, the present and the future sins. That we were dead in our sins but God, He has given us life, new birth in His son Jesus Christ. He equally gives us grace to live in obedience. This is the hope, that God’s justice reigns, that He has forgiven all sins through His son and He now calls these young boys and girls to a loving relationship and to obedience. That which we could not do in that we were limited Jesus Christ did it, Jesus has taken our deserved penalty.