Episode 130

Pres. Biden Advocating for Rules to Pass, Mission Trip to San Diego & Gen Z Dealing with an Identity Crisis

Jul 1, 2022

Pres. Biden is advocating for the Senate to set aside filibuster rules to pass federal legislation to legalize abortion. Students from the US Naval Academy are returning from serving on a mission trip to San Diego in June. The students are members of the Baptist Collegiate Ministry on the campus. And RJ McCauley says there is great importance in preaching Gospel hope to young people. McCauley, Student Ministries Pastor, Magnolia Baptist Church in Riverside, Calif., says, “One of the things about Generation Z is that they need hope,” McCauley said.

Transcript

Pres. Biden is advocating for the Senate to set aside filibuster rules to pass federal legislation to legalize abortion. The move would allow a simple majority to pass proposed legislation. Even if the rule was changed, though, it’s unlikely Senate democrats would have enough votes to pass the legislation.

The move comes in response to last week’s Supreme Court opinion overturning the 50-year old Roe v. Wade decision. While abortions have become illegal in some states, many states are now debating what happens next.

Students from the US Naval Academy are returning from serving on a mission trip to San Diego in June. The students are members of the Baptist Collegiate Ministry on the campus.

They spent two weeks of their summer break serving alongside churches in the San Diego area.

20-year old Emma Peck of Augusta, Georgia, was on her second trip with the mission team.

She called the trip incredible and life-changing. She said it taught her how to live out her faith on a ground level.

“I used to think faith was only reading and praying,” Peck continued. “Now I’ve learned how to bring Christianity into all my decision-making. It’s not only a habit change; it’s a behavior change.”

Serving in the military is “noble and good,” says the campus ministry director Justin Woods, but it’s not enough for some of the midshipmen.

“The military isn’t sufficient to satisfy restoration and peace with God,” Woods, the BCM director at the Naval Academy, told Baptist Press.

“It’s not designed to satisfy our deepest needs. It can never actually satisfy our soul. We ultimately find our peace and purpose in relationship with Jesus.”

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RJ McCauley says there is great importance in preaching Gospel hope to young people.

McCauley, Student Ministries Pastor, Magnolia Baptist Church in Riverside, Calif., says, “One of the things about Generation Z is that they need hope,” McCauley said.

“There is so much hopelessness around them, and all they see is bad news. They need good news and we need to preach the good news more than ever before right now.

Gen Z is currently people who are in their teens and twenties.

He said one of the main issues Gen Z is dealing is an identity crisis.

“Out here in Hollywood, we are the image capital of the world, and identity crisis is a reality,” McCauley said. “So many people have misplaced identity because they are putting it in the wrong things. Now the culture is even saying you can identify as whatever you want, so Gen Z is very confused because they are not sure what their identity can be.

“We need to get back to reality and preach the truth about our God-given identity as men and women in his Image and for his glory.

When we know Christ, it changes everything and repurposes our lives for the right things, not the wrong things.”

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