Reaching the iGeneration with Genesis
Young people today are part of a growing digital generation. They live in a world surrounded by smartphones, tablets, and computers. The iGeneration is here and they are born connected!
A recent report indicates the iGeneration in the UK spends on average over 27 hours a week on the Internet—and over 50% of the average waking day (more than typical sleep time) on media or communication activity.1
In some ways, members of the current iGeneration are guinea pigs in one of the largest social experiments ever. The full effects are not yet known, but we are already seeing the rise of clinical diagnoses like ‘technology addiction’.
Almost every week, it seems, we read of the next big thing in the ‘tech revolution’, and wonder where it will end. But despite changing technology, human nature remains the same, and each generation needs to hear the Gospel. How can we identify the issues that impact the iGeneration in the online world they now inhabit?
As truly global citizens plugged into the world via technology, they are exposed to a constant barrage of opinions (and thus numerous evils) from around the globe.
To add to their confusion, marriage and gender, some of the most fundamental aspects of humanity, are included in this big social experiment. Is it any wonder that issues of identity, fear, loneliness, confusion, and frustration are so common amongst the iGeneration? This is the time for Christians to challenge their thinking and show them a “more excellent way”.2
Genesis has the answers
Members of the iGeneration are searching for answers to the deeper questions of life. They are being let down by the answers they get from a cold, mechanistic naturalism which fails to satisfy their deep longings in their search for truth. They are told that their lives have no ultimate meaning or purpose, because they are simply the end result of unguided physical processes (evolution). So it is not surprising that they use social media as their main way to create an identity and a sense of individuality. With the ‘selfie’ proclaimed as the ‘new autograph’ this is only going to increase.
The church scrambles to seek new ways to be relevant to this young generation, but the irony is that we have had the answers all along—the book of Genesis has never been more relevant. The very first verse proclaims: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”3 This stands as a refutation to all naturalistic theories about existence.
Genesis, the seedbed and foundation of the Gospel, loudly proclaims that there is a purpose behind this universe. The message that a loving Creator God is the cause of all life is the antidote to a cold meaningless universe which offers no objective value to their lives. It answers life’s big WHY question: Why do we exist?
Genesis declares that all humans are made “in the image of God”.4 So each individual human life is inherently valuable, invested with a dignity and worth that comes from the highest source imaginable; God Himself! This message stands in stark contrast to today’s evolutionary explanations for humanity. Evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne blogs: “There is no special purpose for your life … no more extrinsic purpose than a squirrel or an armadillo.”5 The teaching that humans are created in God’s image answers the big WHAT question: What does it mean to be human?
As the West has jettisoned its biblical heritage, a huge cultural shift has occurred as this new naturalistic way of thinking has crept into its place. This has even impacted the way many view their own body. It is no longer seen as an essential or fixed part of our being, but rather a blank slate which can be labelled with whatever identity one chooses. Gender identity is ‘fluid’, considered as nothing more than a social construct.
If a person feels they are a man trapped inside a woman’s body (or vice versa), then hormones and/or surgery can be used to try and realign this confusion. As an example of this insanity, Facebook now offers account holders the choice of over 50 different gender options! We are witnessing the breakdown of one of the most fundamental structures of God’s created order; the sexes. Genesis 1:27 says God created them “male and female”. Our gender is a scientific reality as well as a sacred gift from God—there are only rare tragic aberrations,6 which are also explained through what happened in Genesis Chapter 3 (see below on the Fall). There is a complementary design inherent in the sexes which is to be celebrated and proclaimed as the remedy to the confusion that reigns over this subject. This helps answer the crucial WHO question: Who am I?
The mass media floods the iGeneration with reports of atrocities and injustices. Fearful about their future in this unsettling world, many cry out for justice and wonder why things are like this. Once again naturalism falls short. Unable to even account for moral categories and impulses, it offers no resolution for this sense of injustice.
Genesis has the answer here too, with its history of the Fall of man (Chapter 3). Adam and Eve disobeyed God’s command. Their rebellion against Him brought sin and Satan’s deceptive rule into this world, causing their fellowship with God to be broken and the created order to be cursed. This explains suffering—the world was never intended to be like this. It answers that huge IF question: If God exists, why is there so much suffering?
Concerned by world events, the iGeneration wants to help! Social justice, government intervention, and economic redistribution are the offered solutions. But ultimately these do nothing about the root of the problem: man’s fallen nature.
Genesis tells of the origin of sin and death at Satan’s instigation, and God’s solution with the promise of a coming Saviour, the ‘Seed of the woman’7 who will ultimately destroy Satan. Only in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ do we see the ultimate solution to the world’s problems. In His life, He showed us how to live, and He died to pay the penalty for our sins. In His Resurrection He defeated death once and for all, proving that He is the only one with the authority to promise that one day He will “wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore.”8 For all generations this is the greatest message of all!
Reaching the iGeneration with Creation
In a world where most people get their news via the Internet, and sometimes in just a 140 character ‘tweet’, it’s hard to communicate Creation and provide full answers. But Creationmagazine has been successful at doing this for over 35 years because it’s stayed current with the trends without compromising the information content.
Creation magazine is available digitally on any Apple, Android or Internet-enabled devices. None of the brilliant full-colour layout is lost and there are a host of other benefits such as searchability within the magazine.
When you subscribe to the print version, you can also get the digital version of the magazine—and the best news is that you can freely share it on up to 5 separate devices. What a great way to reach the younger generations!
References and notes
- Anderson, E., Teenagers spend 27 hours a week online, telegraph.co.uk, 11 May 2015. Return to text.
- 1 Corinthians 12:31. Return to text.
- Genesis 1:1. Return to text.
- Genesis 1: 26–27. Return to text.
- Weikart, R., Atheists say Darwinism means life is meaningless, but their behaviour shows they know better, stream.org, 4 April 2016. Return to text.
- Search gender dysphoria on creation.com for several relevant articles. Return to text.
- Genesis 3:15. Return to text.
- Revelation 21:4. Return to text.