One of the supposed advantages of present day Generation Z is instant information. If something significant or even insignificant happens anywhere in the world, we have the technical ability to learn about it while it’s taking place. The problem, most instant data isn't healthy! The world seems to be growing increasingly perilous by the day. “Accept Psychology Today” reported high school and college aged students suffer from, “greater levels of stress and psychopathology (mental disorder) than any time in the nation's history.” The stats are disturbing. One in 3 students reported prolonged periods of depression while 1 in 4 reported having suicidal thoughts or feelings. The most unsettling figure was only 7% of parents reported their college students as experiencing mental health issues. Evidence that the communication breakdown in the modern family is helping to undermine our entire social structure.
So what’s going on here? The answer is complicated but certain. Young people are becoming more and more isolated from reality. Families must share the real world with the confusing, disjointed digital world of virtual reality created by the movies, television, Internet and social networking. Hell controls most of these platforms with greedy, self-serving agendas. Many simply can’t distinguish between what is real and what is not. Make-believe behavior has no consequences; you can do, say, or be anything you want. Social networking is where the bullies of virtual reality hang out. Their mission, suck you in so deep that you can’t find you way out. You become self-center and withdrawn. A mental disorder can be the result of a real and virtual world collision.
Technology that seemed so promising has become the enemy of our soul and spirit. The Bible predicted such a time as this in the course of human events that would lead to the second coming of Jesus Christ to planet earth.
“People will love only themselves and money. They will be proud and boast about themselves. They will abuse others with insults. They will not obey their parents. They will be ungrateful and against all that is pleasing to God.3 They will have no love for others and will refuse to forgive anyone. They will talk about others to hurt them and will have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. 4 People will turn against their friends. They will do foolish things without thinking and will be so proud of themselves. Instead of loving God, they will love pleasure.” (2 Timothy 3:2)
If you know a young person who struggles between make-believe and reality, gently take their hand and lead them away from the danger of faith robbing technologies the Bible calls, (lying signs and wonders) into the family of God. Send them a copy of my free e-book “Beam me up Commander.”