If you’d like to understand why the Millennial generation is as entitled as it is, look no further than the decline of Christian sentiment in the West.
To make the point, I will appeal to those whom own businesses and their common thoughts about prospective employees.
A common complaint voiced by business owners against Millennials is that they lack initiative, desire that everything come easy to them and constantly gripe about their “concerns” not being heard. Notice that the essence of their lack of character emanates from having a very high opinion about their feelings, inclinations and desires – not to mention their lethargy and romanticist ignorance about the world around them.
One can easily attribute this pitiful lack of formation to Millennials’ parents. They raised their children to think that they are “special” and granted them their every fleeting and capricious desire. Spoilt brats, the lot of them. (Yes, I am generalizing and although not all Millennials are snowflakes, I am not far from the truth when I state that a majority suffers from what I call an ethical vacuum.)
Biblical values very clearly entail the adoption of humility as an informing virtue. This is the same sentiment that permeated Western culture for hundreds of years until the advent of the promiscuous and unhygienic Hippie generation upended the social order.
Until the 1960s, parents, having embraced the unique and unfeigned altruism that only Christianity can provide, instilled in their children a critical core set of values meant to produce outstanding moral character.
The Christian virtue of humility was the foundation of those values. Think about it; teaching children that they needed to be considerate of others and render respect to their neighbors taught kids that they weren’t the center of the universe. In turn, this healthy attitude of abnegation instilled in young persons a strong work ethic, a heightened sense of responsibility and unwavering discipline.
These principles helped forge generations of independent, neighborly and considerate members of society, whose qualities composed what conservative authors like Edmund Burke would denominate “civil society”.
Fast forward to the modern age and compare the two. Trust me when I tell you that business owners of the past wouldn’t have complained as much as contemporary business owners do about the current ambiance being a difficult one in which to find “good help”. Granted, it was commonplace to hear the typical complaints about children being loud, obnoxious and obstinate – but not well into their 20s and 30s!
The solution to the “spoilt rotten” generation continues to be the same: “Spare the rod, spoil the child” (Proverbs 13:24) and instilling Christian values from an early age. (Ephesians 6:4)
This advice may appear anathema in this generation of rampant secularism and demonization of anything Christian. However, as I’ve mentioned in other articles, the Spockian mentality hasn’t worked and is the doctrine that is directly responsible for a generation of misfits and miscreants.
God’s Word never returns to him void. (Isaiah 55:11) Faithfully following the Biblical counsel on parenting is proven to unerringly produce results.
As a start, turn off the dreaded instrument of wasteful diversion known as the television and restrict the children’s use of pointless media. Spend time together as a family completing chores, eating at the dinner table, talking, taking a joy ride, exercising at the park, doing homework together and, most importantly, read together – the Bible especially.
Fathers, cultivate the innate masculinity in your sons by teaching them to be industrious men and breadwinning fathers. Teach them to unclog toilets, use an electric drill, sweat, respect women and develop a love for rationale and self-education.
Mothers, ingrain feminine virtue and modesty in your daughters. Train them to be caring and affectionate wives and mothers by teaching them to cook, clean, sew and all the other works that comprise a virtuous and educating woman.
In heeding the Biblical counsel, you’ll be thankful during your children’s adolescent years that you don’t have an ill-prepared, slothful burden on your hands. Society and business owners will thank you also!
“There is a generation that curses its father and does not bless its mother. There is a generation that is pure in its own eyes, yet is not washed from its filthiness. There is a generation—oh, how lofty are their eyes! And their eyelids are lifted up. There is a generation whose teeth are like swords, and whose fangs are like knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men.” Proverbs 30:11-14
“Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6