The latest Mission Australia Youth Survey has revealed that the environment tops the list of concerns for young people. More than 18,000 people, aged 15 to 19, were questioned by Mission Australia for the survey. 

51 percent of the young responders in the survey named the environment as one of the most important issues in Australia (up from 38 percent last year). One-quarter of those questioned were also “extremely or very concerned” about climate change.

More than one-third of young people said that equity and discrimination were an “important national issue”. Meanwhile, more than a quarter of the young people surveyed said that due to their gender, race/cultural background, or mental health, they had been unfairly treated in the past year.

Further, nearly 30 percent of people reported they had “high psychological distress”, while 23 percent said they felt lonely all or most of the time. And more than half of the responders have required support with their mental health.

On its website, Mission Australia states:

Our purpose

Inspired by Jesus Christ, Mission Australia exists to meet human needs and to spread the knowledge of the love of God.

We are delighted that over the past decade, more than 200,000 young people and more than 1,000 schools and organisations have participated in our Youth Survey. Our young people are our future leaders and it’s essential we hear them and act on what they tell us.”Sharon Callister, Mission Australia CEO

Despite Mission Australia’s stated Purpose, there was not one question in the survey about God or Jesus Christ, and yet the primary reason why these youth are in such poor mental health is they do not know the God who loves them enough to send His only Son to die for them. More than half have required support for their mental health.

Many Christian organisations including most of the denominational churches are no longer relevant and are certainly not living and preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus tells us that this will be the state of the church prior to His second coming. In fact, Jesus says that prior to His return, the world will be like it was in the days of Noah when God poured out His wrath for the first time on an unrepentant world.

Just as it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of Man. They were eating and drinking and marrying and being given in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. Luke 16:26-27

But understand this, that in the last days, there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth.2 Timothy 3:1-7

We need to start living eternal now knowing that Jesus is returning soon to rule and reign with the resurrected Saints on this earth for the next 1000 years. My book is available on Amazon as a paperback or ebook. I hope it will help Christians to be “last days” overcomers.

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