By Victor Ochieng
When it comes to the trickling down of faith from one generation to the next, a good number of things change. From views to practices, you realize there are generational differences in doctrine and practices. When such changes occur, there is normally a two-thronged question to it: “Did the first generation fail to reach out, or did the second generation just harden their hearts?” And in most cases, both are true. This is because a small simple mistake made by the first generation is often magnified by the next.
When the first generation replaces their commitment with complacency, the next generation compromises the faith.
In order to effectively pass on faith, Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and 6:20-25 are very clear on what needs to be done.
Tim Keller, the founder of Redeemer Presbyterian Church (PCA), shared some three important things to take account of in order to effectively pass on faith from one generation to the next.
Passionate Love for God
The most important thing to do is love God with all your heart, all your might, and all your mind. By so doing, we wholeheartedly heed His commandments. What this results in is consistency in behavior. Young people are pretty sensitive when it comes to inconsistency in what one preaches and does. If you’re going to say something and do the exact same thing, the younger generation will most likely follow in your footsteps. Hypocrisy is exactly what saw the Baby Boomer generation run away from Christianity, particularly when they saw the older generation supporting policies that were outright racist.
Apply Truths in Your Practical Living
The gospel that’s taught to us should be applied practically in our lives. Reading through Deuteronomy 6:7, we realize the Bible counsel isn’t about having daily family lectures, but more about building a routine that relates to Godly living. This is a call to ensure that the gospel truths influence our daily lives so that we not only claim that we believe but also demonstrate the same by practicing it.
Give Personal Testimony of What God Has Done
Reading the book further to verses 20-25, we see the importance of linking the doctrines we ascribe to and the kind of impact it has had in our lives. What that means is that it’s important to give personal testimony to the things God has done in our lives as a result of giving our lives to Him. Let us talk about the spiritual freedom that the LORD has granted to us through salvation and share how that freedom has impacted our daily lives. We’re not only to share with others about the things we believe in and how they’ve influenced our actions, but also to let the world know our personal experience of God.