(OPINION) Charisma – Generation Z, born from the mid-1990s to the early 2000s, now make up 25% of our population. This is a generation that is dealing with severe depression. They’re immersed in media. They have a very high incidence of mental health issues. And they’ve actually been described as the loneliest generation. We’ve never been more connected but disconnected at the same time. It isn’t a coincidence that the suicide rate among this generation has risen dramatically. They’ve been raised with moral relativism. Thus, they’re nihilistic. They don’t think there’s a God or meaning in life.

When asked in a survey whether they thought lying was wrong, only 33% could agree that it was. Many of us would say this is horrible. And in a way, yes it is. But in another way, it’s like a blank canvas. We need to come with the message of the gospel and engage these young people. We need to tell them there is a God. And there’s a book, the Bible, that has the answers they’re looking for. It’s all found in a relationship with Jesus Christ.

At the same time, we don’t like the word preaching. It’s a negative word in general, yet the Bible tells us to go into all the world and preach the gospel (see Mark 16:15). It doesn’t say go into all the world and be a good example. Of course, I’m not suggesting that we go into all the world and be bad examples because our preaching would be very ineffective if we were bad examples. There are some people, in fact, who I wish would just not talk about Jesus. READ MORE

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