How Can We Raise Godly Generations?

by Ken Ham on May 28, 2021
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Gen Z—today’s young people—what do they believe? Well, in America, a whopping 74% believe morality is relative, 1 in 6 identify as LGBT, and they are twice as likely to be atheists than preceding generations. They’re surrounded by secularism, destructive LGBT and CRT ideology, “deconstruction” and “exvangelical” stories, and voices loudly proclaiming progressive Christianity as the “true” version of Jesus. For those in Gen Z who profess true faith in Christ—how will they stand? And what about the generation (Alpha) coming after them?

Well, we know that ultimately God is in control and it is God who saves people from every generation. But we must do what is our responsibility:

  • Contend for the faith (Jude 1:3).
  • Proclaim the gospel (Mark 16:15).
  • Engage in the business of the King of kings until he comes (Luke 19:13).
  • Equip people (especially our children and grandchildren) with answers (1 Peter 3:15).
  • Call compromising Christians, church leaders, and academics back to the authority of God’s Word, beginning in Genesis, and encourage them to stand boldly for God’s Word and to stop being lukewarm (Revelation 3:16).
  • Be a watchman to warn people what is happening (Ezekiel 33:6).
  • Be salt and light to our children and the world (Matthew 5; Mark 9).
  • Pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17).

Ultimately, we do all the above to help families/churches raise up godly generations by teaching the next generation the gospel and the Word of God. Raising children in the Lord isn’t passive—it’s active!

You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. (Deuteronomy 6:7–9)
Ultimately, we do all the above to help families/churches raise up godly generations by teaching the next generation the gospel and the Word of God.

We must be purposeful, dedicated, and diligent, preferably from the time they’re born, to teach our children the ways of the Lord. Of course, this doesn’t guarantee their salvation—every person has to answer for their own sins—but it does give them a strong foundation, and God often uses faithful and godly parents to transmit the spiritual legacy to the next generation (that’s a common theme in Scripture and the reason parents are commanded to teach their children the things of God!).

Leave a Godly Legacy

You can discover more about transmitting a godly legacy to your children, grandchildren, and other children the Lord has allowed you to minister to at our upcoming Answers for Pastors & Christian Leaders conference (which is open for anyone to attend) at the Ark Encounter in Northern Kentucky, October 5–7, 2021. You’ll hear from Dr. Conrad Mbewe, Justin Peters, and me, along with special worship from Michael O’Brien. It’s going to be an incredible time of equipping you to equip the next generation.

The “early bird” price—which includes the conference and a seven-day pass to both the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum—ends May 31, so be sure to register today.

Thanks for stopping by and thanks for praying,
Ken

This item was written with the assistance of AiG’s research team.

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