What Question Burns in the Heart of Your Gen Z Child? - Episode 69
One prevailing question burns at the heart of each generation—one question keeps them up at night. Understanding this question helps us know how to reach people of every age, especially our kids.
For the Baby Boomers, people born in the 40s, 50, and 60s, that question is:
What is TRUE?
Like the great philosophers of old, this generation was preoccupied with truth.
For Gen X, born between 1965 and 1980, that question is:
What is REAL?
This generation invented reality TV because they are preoccupied with finding authenticity.
For Millennials, born between 1981 and 1995, that question is:
What is GOOD?
This generation is deeply concerned about the environment, justice, and contributing to the greater good.
Which brings us to our kids, to Gen Z. What question burns at the heart of this generation? They want to know:
What am I?
Or “Who am I?”
Our kids are preoccupied with understanding their identity.
In this episode of CPCW, Catherine expertly navigates each of these questions in the light of Biblical truth. Every generation is asking a vital question, but they aren’t necessarily asking them in the right order. We cannot know who we are, our true identity, unless we understand what is good. And we can’t understand what is good if we don’t know what is real. And we can’t know what is real unless we first know what is true.
Without a foundation of Biblical truth, we can’t arrive at the correct answer for any of these crucial questions. But when you start with the right question, you can arrive at the correct answer for each generation. Truth is paramount. This is why Jesus’ primary purpose in coming to the earth was to proclaim the truth. Christ said,
“For this purpose I was born. For this purpose I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth.” (John 18:37)
Truth leads to an accurate definition of reality, which leads to the correct definition of what is good, which leads to the proper understand of who we are, our identity.
Moms & Dads, this is the prevailing issue of our kid's day. Identity is it. We must understand what our kids are facing, and how to lead them back to truth.
Read Catherine's new article on Crosswalk: What Question Burns in the Heart of Your Gen Z Child?
CPCW Episode 68: “What Critical Foundation Do Many Parents Miss When Discipling Their Kids?” (w/ Robby Angle, 8/21/23)
CPCW Episode 23: “What Is the Biggest Threat to Our Faith and Culture Today?” (1/31/22)
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“Kentucky School District: Students Are Dressing and Acting like Cats” (WLWT Channel 5, 8/25/21)