God does not expect his children to be heavenly minded, yet earthly useless, according to Pastor Fikile Mabula.
“Neither can we allow ourselves as the youth to sleep through such a momentous time, which would be like hiding our heads in the sand while the order of moral degeneration, carnality, ignorance and Godlessness that is strongly prevailing goes unchallenged.
“The church is here to influence the world not to be influenced by the world; it has to be the light and salt of the world, which is the principle of God’s word.”
Mabula quotes 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV), “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves, pray and seek my face and turn away from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and I will forgive their sin and heal their land.” He says unless we repent and turn back to God seeking His divine intervention, the world is destined for a worse calamity than Sodom and Gomorrah suffered.
Mabula says the “Youth Back to God” movement, which is based in Motherwell, Port Elizabeth, was birthed by the extent of the moral challenges confronting South Africa’s youth and propagated by the media. “Sin is interpreted as just a shortcoming and the concept of “ubuntu” is fast diminishing with ubiquitous communications technology is making pornography, nudity, sex, abortion, promiscuity, and homosexuality easily accessible.
“These are some of the things that are publicly displayed under the cloak of transparency, reality and democracy.
“All of this has resulted in undesirable consequences like the ever escalating rape statistics, teenage pregnancy, crime, drug use, child abuse, and violence in our society that seems to be the order of the day and night.”
Mabula says all this is affecting the up-and-coming generation in a decline of morals and lust for material satisfaction with little or no regard for spiritual growth, a sense of community and a willingness to sacrifice for the greater good. However, “Youth Back to God” believes the church is a community within the community, which means God has made the believers (church) to be the salt and the light of the world (Matt 5:13-14). He says the “Youth Back to God” movement is based on the ideals of standing-up for God by practising His word through the actions we take in our daily lives towards family, neighbours and community members.
“Faith without action is dead,” says Mabula. “’Youth Back to God’ are called to be the lights of God in the darkness of the world by serving those around us through acts of sacrificial kindness and helpfulness.
“Building a culture based on Jesus’s commandments: ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind’ and ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself’, our mission is to empower young people to fulfil the great commission as per Matthew 28:19 — ‘Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptising then in the name of the Father, Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age’.
”We believe that we cannot be passive Christians, we need to be active. The morality and the morale of our country and particularly of the youth is being attacked and undermined. We cannot stand by as ungodly standards cover us and society merely seems to acclimatise itself and get used to it.
“We need to align ourselves with the purpose and will of God without compromise, which is the reason we have the name ‘Youth back to God’, because we know that if we stand and take our position and the initiative, as Nehemiah did when rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem, then God will be on our side and heal our land,” says Mabula.
For more information contact Fikile Mabula at Youth Back to God, 21 Mpanza Street Nu 7, Motherwell, Port Elizabeth, 6211. Telephone 083 424 9453 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org