From Where Do the Youth Learn Their Behaviors?

teach the young


From time-to-time, on a fairly regular basis, an older person will confide that they are

  1. shocked
  2. scandalized
  3. appalled
  4. saddened
  5. offended
  6. surprised
  7. outraged

by the

  • behavior
  • dress
  • language
  • appearance
  • attitude

of this or that young person.

(Now, to be fair, not all older people express dismay.  Some go out of their way to let others know they are positive about the same actions of the youth. However, most of these people seem to want a cookie or other treat for demonstrating how “open-minded” or “fair-minded” or “accepting” they are.

So, one does not really know how much of this is a sincere appreciation for the youth and how much is merely posing.)

What is one to say?

The emotions expressed by those who are taken aback by the youth are obviously sincere.  In many cases, they are justified–particularly in the arena of using bad language in public or in front of younger children.

So again: what is one to say?

First, an expression of sympathy (for the distress the person obviously felt in order to mention their troubles to another) is in order.

Secondly, a reference to by-gone times (when the youth were sensible enough to NOT display their rebellious behavior in public) is usually appreciated.

Finally–and this may not go over nearly as well as the first two on this list–a reminder that the vast majority of complaints involve LEARNED behaviors or attitudes on the part of the youth.

Usually, “I wonder where they learned that from?” will set the person to thinking–UNLESS the person already has his mind made up as to where these behaviors originated.

THEN, one might hear a number of stories about whoever might be claimed to be responsible for Daisy Mae or Billy Joe acting the way she or he does.

Now might be a good time to point out that just because older people complain about the youth does NOT mean they are not telling the truth.

Another point to be made is that many of these behaviors/attitudes, while learned, signal a nationwide lack of respect by the youth to their elders.  Oh, there are still pockets of respect in the land. But these locales are the EXCEPTIONS, rather than the RULE.

(Twenty years ago, one might point out that many young folks in parts of Texas still referred to any man older than 40 as “sir” and any middle-aged woman as “ma’am.”  One doesn’t know the situation in those parts of Texas today.)

Once again, when one sees a younger (or ANY age) person misbehaving, maybe the question to ask first is “Where did they learn that?”

DOES the reader ever wonder where a person learned their bad behaviors from?

OR, when seeing bad behavior–particularly by the youth–does the reader “go off“–either mentally or verbally–on the bad behaver?

It is not YET too late: there is still time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.

DOES the reader believe he is saved?

Make Your Calling and Election Sure: End Times Survival

DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?

Time is Running Out: Today is the Day of Salvation


“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

MORE: Eternal Salvation Through Jesus Christ: Salvation Messages from End Times Prophecy Report

[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: January 29, 2020.]




by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier

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