Reformed Baptist Fellowship

The Children of Men?

In Reformed Baptist Fellowship on June 2, 2011 at 4:58 pm

In 1992, British author P. D. James published a book entitled The Children of Men. The book is a dystopian vision of a world reeling from the effects of over a quarter century of infertility. Of the many fictional views of the end of humanity this may be the most chilling. Imagine a world in which no children had been born for the past 25 years. It is a world dying by degrees. Ending not with a bang, but the prospective death rattle of the last aged person. James speaks of a world in which there are no schools, no playgrounds, and no toys. It is world in which things are no longer preserved or guarded or treasured. If there is no coming generation, why bother? Why maintain? Why plant a tree or paint a building or preserve a library or museum? You get the idea.

Churches and religious movements have faced a similar crisis. Many churches die because they produced no offspring. Many do not think of the coming generation and for many there is no coming generation. It is a blessing to have grey hair in the church, but it is a curse if there is not a rising generation to take their place. Our confession of faith speaks of the several ways in which a church can die. Among these is what is called a ‘dearth of conversions’. We must look to God for a new generation of converts, a new generation of gospel preachers and missionaries. A new generation in which we can invest. A generation to whom we pass on the baton of biblical truth whole and intact.

Jim Savastio, Pastor
Reformed Baptist Church of Louisville
  1. Here is a subject worth significant attention.

    How well are we doing with the hand off? Is the next generation running quickly behind us with hand outstretched and reaching for the baton because they know it is theirs for the taking. I fear that too often the error has, at times, been in the one holding the baton. How well are we doing at letting the next generation know they already play a significant part in the role of the church. Are we holding it out to them? Are young believers being encouraged to be a useful part of the church in service and community?

    Another question is how beautiful have we made the baton? The baton is beautiful and so we must dazzle them with it. Perhaps we don’t see conversions or a desire for missions because we are not including them in all the “glorious deeds of the Lord” (Psalm 78:4)

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