Come On Youth LIVE!!
My wife and I were in College Station this past week taking care of some of the needed things for church and home. While there, we went to a restaurant and were having dinner. I noticed a nice looking college age couple sitting across the way from us. From their behavior on their time out together, I came to the conclusion that smartphones aren’t all that smart.
Why? Instead of looking contentedly into her eyes, he was passionately absorbed by his not so smartphone. What a waste of the moment! With that on my mind, I came across an excerpt from an article about a danger to today’s youth group that may be more pressing than alcohol, drugs or sex. It is the danger of being absorbed into the mind-numbing screens of whatever smart device they are in to.
With that in mind, it should not be so surprising that teenagers find themselves at an increased risk of anxiety, depression, and suicide. They have become addicted to the spiritual black hole of sloth. Sloth is an old fashioned word with new fashioned consequences. Sloth could be described as “a sin that believes in nothing, cares for nothing, seeks to know nothing, interferes with nothing, enjoys nothing, hates nothing, finds purpose in nothing, lives for nothing, and only remains alive because there is nothing for which it wants to die.”
Parents, teacher’s, and every person of influence in these youths lives should do whatever necessary to get them to participate in community activities. Come on youth! LIVE! Get involved. Don’t just watch. Be willing to break out into a sweat and actually make a difference with your life. A great way to begin is to just Stand Up and begin to Worship God … with all your heart, mind, soul and body! Let’s do this! In Jesus name you can overcome the devil and your flesh. AND do both at the same time! In doing so, you’re going to find that you’ve got a life. And a good one at that… with an even better one to come.
Rev. Edward Whitmire is pastor at Pentecostals of Robinson County located in Hearne, Texas