Tell it to your children, let your children tell it to their children and let their children tell the next generation (Joel 1:3). God has commanded us to tell the world. What do we tell them though? In the book of Joel a plague of locusts had come God was instructing the people, through Joel, to speak about what had happened. In many parts of the bible the Lord commands His children to speak about what happened. To preserve the story of what happened so that the coming generations would learn and so that they would have the right perspective. We have a responsibility to the generations that are to come. We have a responsibility to our children. So that they would learn from our mistakes, so that they would continue the good things that we have done, so that they would worship God. We need to pass the information on and thus making every single one of us a teacher. To him who much is given, much is required. It really is not a small responsibility. We need to speak and to keep speaking, to write it down. Whatever it is that God has told us, we need to pass it on. You don’t have to be a pastor or someone with some really great anointing, you just need to be willing to pass it on; to the person on the street, that person you meet in the bus, in your office, wherever you get talking to someone or wherever the opportunity arises.
We are responsible for the generations to come.
I found this talk that Thandie Newton gave to be thought provoking. Escpecially with regards to identity and how identity is assumed. The first thing that struck me is that she actually sat down and analysed her situation and to understand it and propose a theory. I believe there is some truth in what she is saying and I also respect that it is a theory. I especially like the way she identified self.
We are living in an age where there are a whole lot of theories and ideologies that are floating around out there. It really does become hard to decide which one you should take. I don’t blame anyone really who decides that they are just going to live their life and forget about the whole meaning of life and the purpose of it. There is one problem with this though, and that is that we as human beings are created for a purpose. Whatever you may believe that purpose is and whatever religion you believe in we are created for purpose. Everything that we do in our lives is geared towards fulfilling some purpose and when we feel like we are doing that we begin to feel right. Take a look at Maslows hierarchy of needs. At the top of the pyramid of needs is self actualisation. Maslow suggests that after an individual has met all their needs self actualisation is left. I’m not sure exactly how Maslow interpreted it but then I believe that self actualisation is a need that is always there. It begins to be more prominent after fulfilling all other needs because there are no more distractions. To me self actualisation speaks of reaching a stage in your life where you are now solely seeking to fulfil your purpose on this earth. So we are always looking for the answer and today there are many proposed answers out there. If you know what you believe and why you believe in it then all the proposed theories and religions out there should not be intimidating. Christians get swayed often because they have not taken the time to understand what they believe and why. Some believe that after having chosen to follow Christ it is sinful to ask why. But then that is a big problem because then when someone else comes to question your belief, you will be swayed. One thing that can be noticed in the new testament is that when the apostles wrote their letters they always spoke of the reason that they believed and what they believe in. They knew and were therefore able to distinguish any false teachings. Today some of us are afraid of finding out what teachings are out there and why they are different from what we believe. I used to be like that. I felt that to engage my mind to think of what is being said out there would be wrong and sinful. That’s crazy because firstly my ignorance to what is out there disqualified me from being relevant to my age. Secondly it spoke of an insecurity in what I believed in and showed that my spiritual foundation was faulty. God says in His word come and let us reason together. He gave us a brain, we have the ability to think reason create and all sorts of other things. Blind Faith is sometimes taken too far and we start living in a bubble. Of course the bible also speaks about having wisdom and operating in wisdom. It also tells us that we shouldn’t get involved in useless arguments. We are in the world but are not of the world.