If you’ve ever watched a relay race of runners on a track, you know the most perilous point in the race is when the baton is passed off from one runner to another. If the hand-off is smooth and in stride, the next runner sprints ahead with baton in hand. But if the baton is dropped, it means falling back, even losing the race.

It is our responsibility, as believers in Christ and God’s holy, eternal Word, to pass the baton of faith and godliness on to the next generation. But a new poll from the Wall Street Journal and NBC News paints a very disturbing picture: The current younger generation, those ages 18-38, have either not cleanly received the baton from the previous generation or are taking America’s baton and running with it in a completely different direction, off track. Polling shows huge drops in this younger generation on their views of patriotism, faith in God, and having children and raising a family.

This generation is also far less likely to attend church and far more likely to identify with the LGBTQ movement, claiming they have no religion at all.

It’s as if you can almost hear the baton clanking on the track with these huge shifts in values happening across our country.

Jesus has called us to share our faith and make disciples who follow Him (Matt. 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8). But the church has been doing a poor job at this. The world has been doing a better job at influencing and changing the church than the church has been doing at influencing and changing the world. Our society is losing its roots of faith in God and Biblical moral values. 

Where are you headed? May we get back on track, one person at a time, sharing our faith in Christ and making disciples who love God and His Word. Jesus is our hope. He loves you! Trust Him!

Scott Schaefer is the pastor of Cornerstone Bible Fellowship in Winfield.

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