Ravi Zacharias quoted the following in one of his books. It has always struck me as one of the clearest depictions of how the past few decades have led up to what we see in the world today. Especially today, I have seen how this applies and how it has shaped our new millennium. Being in a college setting and listening to what they are teaching in their classes to the new generations has only shown me how much further we can go in this deception. I have added my own thoughts in at the end of the quote to continue to add clarity to the picture, and to give an idea of what I have seen in my life. I welcome any thoughts that you all have on this and thank you for your time. God bless you all and thank you.
The New Millennium
“In the 1950s kids lost their innocence.
They were liberated from their parents by well-paying jobs, cars, and lyrics in music that gave rise to a new term —the generation gap.
In the 1960s, kids lost their authority.
It was a decade of protest—church, state, and parents were all called into question and found wanting. Their authority was rejected, yet nothing ever replaced it.
In the 1970s, kids lost their love. It was the decade of me-ism dominated by hyphenated words beginning with self.
Self-image, Self-esteem, Self-assertion…It made for a lonely world. Kids learned everything there was to know about sex and forgot everything there was to know about love, and no one had the nerve to tell them there was a difference.
In the 1980s, kids lost their hope.
Stripped of innocence, authority and love and plagued by the horror of a nuclear nightmare, large and growing numbers of this generation stopped believing in the future.
In the 1990s kids lost their power to reason. Less and less were they taught the very basics of language, truth, and logic and they grew up with the irrationality of a postmodern world.
In the new millennium, kids woke up and found out that somewhere in the midst of all this change, they had lost their imagination. Violence and perversion entertained them till none could talk of killing innocents since none was innocent anymore.”
- Ravi Zacharias, Recapture the Wonder
My personal thoughts -
In the new millennium, mankind has lost their sense of awe and wonder. The great majority have succumbed to the beliefs of a deceived age. Since now science has explained everything, or has at least promised that it can explain everything, no mystery is left to the grandness of the universe. In this mankind has declared that there is no need for a creator and falls back on the original deception that we can be God. Governed by their own hypocrisy, they continue blindly forward into greater and greater depths of corruption. They believe that nothing is certain, except for the certainty that nothing is certain. They believe that there are no absolutes in life, and are absolutely certain of it. All around them, the foundations crumble away, yet they stand as firm as they are able and declare that there is nothing to fear. Dedicated to their belief that God does not exist, despite monumental evidence to the contrary, they have thrown all their faith into scientific proofs and boldly declared that only those things which can be scientifically proven are true. In this belief they have been given over to debased thinking and evil desires. Desperate to justify their own immorality, they scream for tolerance, and will tolerate no one who will not give it to them. Through it all, this new generation has created the mirror image of a world that should be, where now all that is bad has become good, what is wrong has become right, and what is evil has become divine. Desperate for the meaning that only a creator can provide, they silence any who posit the idea of one, and continue in rebellion against the reality that they truly desire.
Pray for this generation and always be ready to defend your faith to a generation that is quickly losing faith in the truth. This generation needs Christ and we must be salt and light if we are to help them find Him. God bless you all and I look forward to hearing from you. - Matthew Mingus