What happens when the powers-that-be are largely at an impasse? History tells us that eventually, new voices step into the gap. There is growing evidence that our latest generation is starting to do just that.
The Rise of Gen Z
Students have stepped up and stated that they are the “mass shooting generation,” and they are doing something about it. This self-proclaimed title is shocking, but these young people are willing to shake things up and bravely make a change. Generation Z, made up mostly of people who are currently in their teenage years, may just be America’s boldest generation yet. Gen Z is uniquely:
- Politically active
- Intolerant of injustice
Did you know that there are over 10,000 teenagers in positions of political power today in the United States? While some baby-boomers might be afraid of this coming shift in power, they shouldn’t be. Generation Z is willing to take decisive action in a way that current politicians seem to have long forgotten.
Emma Gonzalez, activist and Parkland shooting survivor, has become a bold face for Gen Z. Her words and contagious passion have gone viral worldwide:
“When we’ve had our say with the government—and maybe the adults have gotten used to saying ‘it is what it is,’ but if us students have learned anything, it’s that if you don’t study, you will fail. And in this case, if you actively do nothing, people continually end up dead, so it’s time to start doing something. […] We are going to be the kids you read about in textbooks. Not because we’re going to be another statistic about mass shootings in America, but because, just as David said, we are going to be the last mass shooting. Just like Tinker v. Des Moines, we are going to change the law.”
Political differences aside, it’s refreshing to see these young individuals invested so passionately in making a difference. Just think of the change they can accomplish when working towards a common goal!
Young People Used of God
God has a long track record in the Bible of using teenagers to do his greatest work. The most remarkable of which was Mary, mother of Jesus, who was a girl of about 14 years of age.
In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” 29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” 34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” 35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.” 38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.
Fearless and Motivated
Mary, like Emma Gonzalez today, was fearless in a way that is hard for an older person to comprehend. This fearlessness is what makes these young people far more able to accomplish critically important work.
- What do you think about teenagers in positions of authority?
- How ready are we for this?
- Is this a reason to have hope or reservations?
- What impact might this have on the workplace?