Anger and Rage in our Youth

angerandrageLast week, I was blessed to serve at one of Michigan’s Youth Camps. Each night we had a powerful service and teens lives were being changed. The presence of God was so heavy in the room every single service. It was beautiful and such an amazing experience.

One night the speaker felt moved by God to have a special alter call that was completely unplanned. The speaker said to a room of 400 teens that he felt God wanting an alter call for those struggling with hatred and rage. The speaker said he felt at least twelve people would respond.

At first I didn’t think much of this. But I remember when the speaker said twelve people, I thought “Wow, that’s a decent amount for this kind of alter call.”

60+ students lined up at the alter with tears in their eyes.

I didn’t know why this surprised me, but I pondered it in my heart for the rest of the day. We often focus on the pain teens suffer from in today’s society. We want to tell them about the healing power of Christ, that they don’t have to continue living the way they do. But we forget to tell these teens to forgive those who have hurt them. We forget that even though they are victims, they also have unresolved feelings that need to be addressed.

I also think teens don’t always bring up this struggle because they don’t want to lose our sympathy. They don’t want to lose the few people that understand them. So they hold their anger in and don’t want to be free from it.

Please keep this thought in prayer and ask God if there are people and youth in your life that need to face these issues. Pray for the teens of this generation so they will not be kept in the bondage of unforgiveness.

What do you think about this event? Please share any thoughts you have below so we can chat!

Until next time, God bless!

~Lillian ❤

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5 thoughts on “Anger and Rage in our Youth

  1. ropheka says:

    I have noticed so much anger in the thirty and younger ones.

    I think it is because they are more connected o the internet than they are to personal face to face relationships

    • lillianl17 says:

      I don’t feel that has anything to do with it. I know many people who are just as connected to the internet that are not driven by anger. I think it is more that wounds are not addressed because of the brokenness of society today.

  2. secretangel says:

    Awesome post. Too many youth have grown up thinking that anger and rage are acceptable because of what they see and hear in homes, television, movies, etc. But it is not!! Anger and rage lead many to be abusive as the cycle of abuse continues in many homes. Praise God for touching the hearts of so many of these youth with this call. God bless you for what you are doing!!

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