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Not environmentally unfriendly, just less concerned.

March 5, 2011

At first all the environmentalism stuff around here (Santa Cruz, CA) was kinda just laughable and a little crazy. But now it’s just getting annoying, especially when it’s kids who are just repeating all the stuff they hear (e.g. ‘don’t drill for oil, you’ll destroy the environment’ or ‘don’t use plastic bottles, they’re not biodegradeable’). And the thing is, half of the ‘problems’ aren’t even real. We’re not killing the ozone layer, CO2 is good for the environment (if  it’s even on the rise it’s a good thing), the ice caps aren’t going to drown us, global warming isn’t happening (and people who claim it, can’t prove it because whether readings only date 50 years and are less than reliable). This weird thing has happened where the “health” of planet earth is almost more valuable than the health of its inhabitants. I don’t know how long I can take it…

Respectfulness. A word it seems like no kid born after 1997 knows the meaning of; that’s an exaggeration, but not that far off. Being able to work in youth ministry is a sweet opportunity that I’m super thankful for, but along the way I’ve learned a lot about this generation of middle/high schoolers. There are some who know absolutely nothing of respect, and the blame goes to the parents. If the parents are stuck in the “don’t-want-to-grow-up” mood of their generation, then of course they don’t raise their kids right, because they’re still being kids! It’s really, really, really sad to see kids growing without respect. I remember when I was a kid I wouldn’t have dreamed  about talking back or disrespecting an adult (16+). You just didn’t do it. That simple. Such is not the case anymore. Sadly. “Train up your child in the way he should go…”

Our nation/culture/society is so sexualized now it’s shocking. Just about every movie coming out that isn’t full-length animation film is crammed with innuendo, sexual language (mostly joking), scantily clad women, and straight-up sex scenes. Fifteen or twenty years ago that would have been horrifying and immensely embarrassing for all who were watching. Now it’s funny and pop-culture. Even a lot of the popular music that comes out now is sexually explicit. And all of that has really had an impact on who we are becoming as a nation; just take a walk through your local mall, or supermarket for that matter, and you’ll see what I’m talking about (in case you aren’t tracking). Sad.

Those are a few of my recent thoughts.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 5, 2011 8:37 pm

    Hey Man, I work with middle schoolers and high schoolers in the public school system and I am with ya. They don’t respect adults at all. It’s really sad when I see 10 year old’s running around doing and saying things that I would never imagine a ten year old could possibly know about. Our culture isn’t getting any better that’s for sure. Thankfully we know the Truth and can rely on it and not our culture. Thankfully one day Jesus will return and judge the sins of the world. Thankfully we only live for so long and then we can experience the perfect satisfaction of Christ completely. Keep pressing on “(pressing on) all my distress is going going gone.”

  2. Vickie permalink
    March 7, 2011 5:58 am

    Adam, your parents did a great job w/ your family in raising you to be respectful. We know all of you and you are all nice kids. 🙂

    I totally agree that so many kids are out of hand. When parents just want to be entertained and take their kids to churches to be entertained, then the message is that what the kids want is more important than the Truth. Many have two parents working, so no one is home to watch what they are in to by themselves. (Not blasting two parents working, just commenting on the outcome.) Of course, it’s not that way in all families, and many who have only one working parent still have fresh kids. The self-esteem movement has borne it’s fruit. That was big when Ken and I were raising our family. Praise, even if there was no good reason to, b/c you don’t want to hurt your child’s self-esteem. Turns out it was a bunch of baloney, as we can attest to just watching American Idol. People who couldn’t sing their way out of a paper bag cuss and scream at the judges when they are told they stink. It’s amazing!

    I personally believe we are in the last of the last days and that Jesus is coming back soon. So, we need to just keep doing what we know is right and let Him take care of the rest. 🙂

    I think alot of the problem is that many of the folks in churches today are not truly born again. They know the lingo, but the actions don’t follow. Their hearts are in the world, they bring that to the church and it gets passed down. Many pastors are more interested in attendance than in discipleship and growth.

    • Vickie permalink
      March 7, 2011 6:00 am

      That last paragraph somehow got put before the next to last paragraph, so it doesn’t make sense. But reverse them. 🙂

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