One of my favorite scriptures is found in the book of Acts. It says in part, “For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell asleep, was buried with his fathers…” Acts 13:36

Every successive generation faces significant threats that must be heroically addressed to prepare the way for the next generation. Threats may be geo-political, like wars. Threats may be financial, like the Great Depression. Threats may be spiritual, like large numbers of people walking away from following God’s ways. How those threats are addressed often defines that generation in the annals of history.

A popular recent naming of one generation is the “Greatest Generation.” This generation grew up during the Great Depression and then went on to fight in World War II. In his book by that title, Tom Brokaw wrote, “It is, I believe, the greatest generation any society has ever produced.” He argued that these men and women fought not for fame and recognition, but because it was the “right thing to do.” They served their own generation by the will of God and now most have been buried with their fathers. We remember that generation as the benefactors of the society we now enjoy.

When the Battle of Britain was about to begin, Winston Churchill said, “Upon this battle depends the survival of Christian civilization.” I would propose that the greatest threat of our generation is to the institutions of our society: the family, the church and the schools are all under attack. These three institutions, more than any other, are responsible for preserving society for the next generation.

As the threats to these three institutions intensify, most Christians seem unaware that they are in the fight for the survival of their way of life. War is being waged that threatens the very soul of our nation. Our founding fathers created a nation on the premise that its citizens could be self-governed if it were built on the pillars of religion and morality. Our generations’ greatest threat is the destruction of those pillars that keep the foundations of our nation intact so we may pass a healthy nation on to the next generation.

Will history judge our generation as the one that gave up on institutional foundations that has preserved our nation until this time? It is essential to understand that without preserving the principles of Christianity, the next generation of humanity will likely disintegrate into a new dark age.

That is not what I want the history books to say about my generation. That is not the legacy that I want to pass on to my kids. 4Tucson is our attempt to help Christians in our generation engage the culture and pass on a legacy that would serve our generation by the will of God. Will you join us as we build a city and a nation for which the next generation will thank us? Together we can serve our generation so that history will name us accordingly. Please join other Christians working toward that end through 4Tucson.

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