Last Friday, students from around the world celebrated as hundreds of school systems gave them an excused absence. What might be so important that schools agreed to allow students to skip a day and not be penalized? Climate Change! Not just climate change but a youth climate strike. The move was to advance and prepare protests for the United Nations Climate Action Summit going on now in New York.
Our world’s youth have been receiving lots of attention lately. The media has keyed in on youth spokespeople like David Hogg, Xiye Bastida, and most recently Greta Thunberg, making them the center of their evening news casts. All under the age of 17, these leaders of tomorrow are given center stage and prime air time to tell politicians how wrong and greedy they are for their capitalist, environmental and social actions. We even had one major network last week offering an all-day anonymous confessional for those who sin against the environment. https://reformationcharlotte.org/2019/09/19/nbc-runs-anonymous-confessional-for-those-who-sin-against-the-environment/ . We later learned about Union Theological Seminary encouraging students to confess their sins to plants in chapel. https://www.faithwire.com/2019/09/18/seminary-encourages-students-to-confess-sins-to-plants-msm-outlet-asks-you-to-do-the-same/. All of these actions celebrated by the media because they were led by young people. But lost in the excitement of the similar acid rain scares of my youth, is another young person lead moment that has been attacked, kicked to the curb and denounced by the same media folks praising our opinioned youth of today. Today was the annual See You At the Poll event that was started in 1990. Students are encouraged to meet around the flagpole before school and pray for their community and nation. I have yet to find one news outlet that has covered it, yet alone mentioned it. Instead, the groups that praise today’s climate strikers have worked overtime in the past to dismiss and destroy the movement that would see millions of students gathering around their school flagpoles to pray. What was once large gatherings have now dwindled to a handful of devoted young people who, in some cases, understand what is needed for the future more than their adult leaders; prayer!
It is sad to see the double standard promoted and the hijacking of our today’s youth to promote a political agenda. If we have learned anything in the past few weeks it is that today’s youth are just as energetic and passionate as young people have always been. The burden still falls on the adults to help direct and drive that passion. It’s unfortunate to see so many adult leaders with the maturity of a teenager sit back and encourage destructive behavior. Maybe they do nothing because the youth they see reminds them of how they were at that age. If that’s the case, what do we have to look forward to in the leaders of tomorrow?
It’s not too late because schools all over our county this morning had hundreds of young men and women gathered around flagpoles praying for people like you and me. They see the importance and they are depending on us to do our job in guiding them. Don’t believe everything you see on TV. Change begins under your roof. The question is if you are willing to step up and mentor those who will one day lead.
So that you, your children and their children after them may fear the LORD your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life. Deuteronomy 6:2
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