Why Christians should move as one body

Each day, the world sees a steady rise in teen suicide, depression, drug addiction, and sexual promiscuity. Disengaged parents and social media are part of the influence. If Christian organizations can truly move collectively as one body, a lot can change. Unfortunately, bureaucracy and pride remain evident among Christians that form disunity (Luke 9:46).

This ministry had its own share of prejudice from the body of believers that reached hierarchies. Born-again Christians are among the most diverse yet disunity is evident because of self-serving motives. We must move as one body.

Generation Z needs you

The scheme of the enemy is disguised as political correctness and it’s at our doorstep. We need to push for counterculture and prepare this generation for what is to come. The timing is relevant as statistics give us an alarming rate of drug abuse, suicide, and a leap in HIV/AIDS cases among High School students. It is the critical hour.

Suicide & Depression

In 2014, the US-CDC reported suicide as the second leading cause of death, among teenagers aged between 13 to 18 years old. Those in High School are the most vulnerable. While the Philippines may not share the same statistics, undocumented reports of suicide cases are steadily rising.

Cyberbullying is also a growing threat that may cause depression and eventually – suicide. A recent online game challenge “Blue Whale”, led to several suicides. Teens are exposed to this threat each time they go online.

Silent tragedy affecting today’s children
Today’s children are deprived of the fundamentals of a healthy childhood. Busy parents are no longer available should their kids need an emotional bean bag. Most kids today do not have balanced nutrition nor do they get adequate sleep. They lack outdoor activities and creative opportunities that parents could provide.
Instead, children are being served with parents who are “digitally distracted,” who give their kids too much entitlement, a sedentary indoor lifestyle, technological babysitters, instant gratification, and the absence of dull and boring moments which could actually be good for them.

Alarming statistics in the USA
● 1 in 5 children has mental health problems
● 43% Increase in ADHD patient
● 37% Increase in Teen Depression
● 200% Increase in suicide rate in kids 10-14 years old

HIV & AIDS

In the Philippines, only 1 person per day was getting infected with the HIV virus back in 2008. This jumped to 17 per day in 2014 and 32 per day as of 2018. It’s a silent epidemic that has crossed all sex orientation with students from 15 years old to 24 years old being infected. The cases are getting younger.

Drug Abuse

Drug abuse has become endemic in our society. The war against it should not only be a government initiative. It should inspire believers to know that the Philippine government has taken a bold step in introducing “Faith-Based Programs,” authored by Evangelical Christians, to accomplish the task of eliminating the drug problem in the country.

Social Media Influence

In the USA, 88% of teens have access to cell or smartphones. About 90% of them use SMS or messenger apps to communicate, according to Pew Research. Their landscape of communication is shifting. Much of what they absorb daily comes from the internet and Satan dominates it through music, video games, and narcissism.

Bad games – bad apps
New apps and online games are becoming more sinister. Bloody killing is celebrated and most have become desensitized to what is actually evil in nature. We have seen the side effects of playing these types of games through the rampant and senseless killing in schools and public places. These murderers have one thing in common – most of them are fans of deadly video games.

The Blue Whale Challenge is a 50-day challenge similar to the Momo Challenge. Towards the end of the challenge, the player is told to commit suicide.

Why focus on music and social media?
As of 2018, Facebook has approximately 2.2 Billion users and the Philippines rank 6th place with 60 Million users. It is estimated that video will represent 80% of Internet traffic by 2019. They are constantly exposed to music and movies about permissive sex and violence. Christians should take advantage of of this medium as well.

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Albert is a writer at J15. He is a graduate of Asian Studies and an undergraduate from the Asian Bible Seminary and Trinity College of Music. He has been a Christian for almost thirty years and is happily married with three lovable teenagers.

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