TRAIN YOUR CHILDREN GOD’S WAY
cookies when they discover the world doesn’t revolve around them. They get into the real world and they’re shocked” (ibid.).
Marian Salzman, an advertising executive at J. Walter Thompson, told 60 Minutes, “Some of them are...more hard-working. They have these tools to get things done. They are enormously clever and resourceful. [But] some of the others are absolutely incorrigible. It’s their way or the highway.”
“You do have to speak to them a little bit like a therapist on television might speak to a patient,” Ms. Salzman added. “You can’t be harsh. You cannot tell them you’re disappointed in them. You can’t really ask them to live and breathe the company. Because they’re living and breathing themselves and that keeps them very busy.”
Millennials do not like to be told to be patient reaching goals and overvalue their worth to the company. Ms. Salzman said, “I believe that they actually think of themselves like merchandise on eBay. ‘If you don’t want me, Mr. Employer, I’ll go sell myself down the street. I’ll probably get more money. I’ll definitely get a better experience. And by the way, they’ll adore me. You only like me.”
60 Minutes also spoke to Mary Crane, a consultant. She said that Millennials “have climbed Mount Everest. They’ve been down to Machu Picchu to help excavate it. But they’ve never punched a time clock. They have no idea what it’s like to actually be in an office at nine o’clock, with people handing them work.” They lack how to react with grace when under fire.
“You now have a generation,” Ms. Crane continued, “coming into the workplace that has grown up with the expectation that they will automatically win, and they’ll always be rewarded, even for just showing up.”
God speaks to the citizens of this modern age: “Stand you in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and you shall find rest for your souls” (Jer. 6:16).
The “old paths” of true values and right traditions were to be taught within the family unit, the basic building block of any thriving society. If the traditional family institution crumbles, so does civilization.
Millennials are reaching adulthood believing that any group of people can be defined as a family, so long as it exists on “love.” God
also states, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hos. 4:6)—ignorance of the “old paths” that lead to lasting success.
In extreme cases, parents have pampered their children to the point of being rotten! What has been missing is balance: Parents have either babied their children or ignored them so that they essentially reared themselves.
A Generation Without Values
Many children today are almost completely void of true values—and many are not even aware that they should have values. Their minds and emotions are invested in material things, such as $200 sneakers and expensive leather jackets, and a host of other material posses- sions that are thought to define their lives. Society has produced a generation in which some teenagers will actually kill to possess what others have, because life has come to be about “status,” “getting re- spect,” conforming to peer pressure, and living almost exclusively for the moment. Many do not care about—or even think about—to- morrow, but rather only about what will happen to them today.
On the forty-first anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, a horrific new video game was released in which players are placed in the Dallas sniper’s window and try to assassinate the president over and over again. A feature is available to add “blood effects” for those who wish to see them as the president’s head explodes from wounds. The game offers point deductions for hitting Mrs. Kennedy, the driver or others in or out of the vehicle. Incredibly, soon after the game’s release, for a short period to help promote it, the producers offered a $100,000 reward to those who had the best score. However, those fa- miliar with video games such as the “Grand Theft Auto” series and others say that the “JFK” game is fairly tame by comparison.
We could also ask if it is really any wonder why the Columbine High School shooting, and so many other school shootings, seem to involve hardened kids only too happy to kill other children. It has been evidenced in some of these shootings that 14- and 15-year olds are able to display the skill of advanced marksmen, and military and police snipers. It is worth noting in fact that some of these professionals now routinely train on simulations that are variations of these games.
The callousness of those who routinely play these types of games can only be described as appalling! Yet, this is the world that is com- peting for the attention of your children.