THE BEREAN GENERATION
I decided to write this article after I watched a video clip. It showed a 12 year old girl who travelled from Canada to Brazil and spoke at the United Nations Earth Summit.
I was speechless with admiration as I watched this LITTLE GIRL speak so confidently and passionately. You need to watch this video!
Then I remembered Chude Jideonwo’s speech at the Excellence in Leadership Conference of Daystar Christian Centre.
He compared the younger generation which he belongs to with some people in The Bible:
And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night into BEREA……….These were more noble than those in Thessalonica in that they received the word with ALL READINESS OF MIND and SEARCHED THE SCRIPTURES, WHETHER THOSE THINGS WERE SO. Therefore many of them believed……
Chude spoke about one major characteristic of this present generation.
It is a generation of people who get at the click of a button what the former generation had to wait till 8pm to hear on NTA news.
So they cannot be FOOLED!
That era of telling your girl child that she will get pregnant if a man touches her is OVER!
She will check it on Google and realise that you were just ‘using her head.’
The children of this generation are like the people of Berea. They are eager to LISTEN but they VERIFY information before they BELIEVE. And when they believe, they do wonders like the twelve year old girl, Chude and a host of others are doing.
If you want to reach them, you have to go to the places where they HANG OUT.
They prefer the SOCIAL MEDIA to the traditional media. So you have to be technology savvy to GET TO THEM. Don’t force them to use the platforms that were popular in your own generation.
It will not work!
When you try to put NEW WINE into OLD BOTTLES, the result is disastrous. (Matthew 9:17)
I had to learn (and I am still learning) this in the course of my business and ministry.
The BEREAN generation have a lot to say.
The question is: Are we listening?
……To be continued in another piece………