Heart of the Matter: Knowing Your Place
In most Kingdoms in the world everyone in society has a place. The men have their place the women have their place and the children have their place. Placement in most Kingdoms is also relegated to age as well, from old to young everyone has a place in society. Some kingdoms pay more respect to women and children than others, but most kingdoms in the world find it difficult to give power to women, children and the young. We find the same trend in what we call “Church Kingdoms”. Since the New Testament days of the Apostle Paul and the Apostle Peter til around the 1940’s women had played a relative subordinate roll in the “Church Kingdom”. Very few women held authoritative office in the Church prior to that time. That all changed as women gained more of a foot hold in society during WWII, because men were off to war, women was placed in that roll and thrived and never looked back. Today women for the most part are considered equals with men in most “Church Kingdoms”. But today’s article is about the youth in society and there place in the “Church Kingdoms”. In today’s society the young have been dismissed as thugs, unreachable, unteachable and a lost cause. To deal with this growing nuisance those with authority have chosen to incarcerate or relegate young people to brainwashing techniques that will cause them to be more reformed to a more acceptable world view. The same is found in “Church Kingdoms” relative to young people finding their niche in the Church can be as difficult as it is in the world.. For the most part “Church Kingdoms” have relegated young people to ushering, singing on the choir or in some other subservient role without any real authority unless they become more conformed to the model. This is not how God intended our young people be treated in the Kingdom of God.
1 Timothy 4:12 “Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
The Bible teaches in the Kingdom of God young people are to be an example. To be an example one must be out front. Our job as the older generation isn’t to conform our young people to our views and perspective only, but to collectively share our views as wisdom and give them space to operate in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith and in purity that they to will be an example to all believers young and old. Every generation has its own calling. When the old hang on to authority to long we produce a lost generation that was never able to fulfill its purpose in the world. Peace and Blessing…
Pastor Clifton Williams