May 26, 2022
Sunday, we celebrated with our high school graduates. That day is always an important one. It is a milestone for the graduate but also a significant marker for the church. Students who remain in church come to know Christ as their Savior and are usually grounded in the truth of scripture. As the Bible teaches, “Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Prov. 22:6.) These are the frightening statistics of our day:
48% of my parent’s generation were Bible believing Christians.
35% of my generation (Baby Boomers) are Bible believing Christians.
17% my children’s generation (23-40) are Bible believing Christians.
4% of the following generation (those born after 1984) will be Bible believing Christians.
There are differences between these generations that we have not yet discussed. Scholars have identified six generations that currently live in the world today. First, there is the Cyber Generation. These are the young people who were born or will be born from 2002 to 2025. Then there are the Millennials also known as Net-Gen or as Gen Y they are the one born from1982-2001.This generation is a civic generation that is inner driven within the information revolution. Most of this generation’s main goal or desire is to get ahead in life and be more successful than those who lived before them. Their population is estimated at 78 million. Then we have Generation X or the Baby Busters. The Gen Xers were born from 1960-1981. They are a reactive generation; they react to what is happening in society and in the world. Their population is about 44 million. Then there is the Baby Boomers generation, those born from 1943-1960. This is my generation. We are an idealist generation but many in our generation are often stressed out. Our population is about 100 million. Typical boomers include Bill Gates, Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, Cher. Next there is the Silent Generation, those born between 1925-1942. 95% of this generation is retired. They are an adaptive generation because they have had to be. This generation includes beats and beatniks. After that there is the G.I. Generation, those born between 1901-1924. This generation felt the lingering effects of World War I and grew up in the Great Depression. They witnessed and participated in World War II.
The teenagers who are graduating today are a part of the Cyber generation. I want you to notice that there are some marked differences between this generation and those previous generations. Role Models are different today. The icons of this generation are markedly different than those of previous generations because their popularity is based on their style rather than their accomplishments. Family stability is different. A huge percentage of this generation is being raised in homes affected by divorce, single parents, and multiple “blended” stepfamilies.
Pray for these students as they prepare to accomplish much in the future. They are a statement to the world that Christ is risen and alive. They carry the truth of the Gospel within them. May we continue to send out young adults equipped to change this world! God bless you all!
In Jesus’ love,
Dr. Jerry Light