It is important to understand that the world into which we live today is worse than the world into which we were born. People are more and more ungodly, immoral, abusive, selfish and just flat out buck wild than even a few years ago. The deception has gotten so bad, that the world says that those who still hold to Biblical standards need to get with the times, drop the archaic laws and move into the 21st century. Don’t fall for the deception and lies.
Remember that there is one who is behind the deception (Revelation 12:9). The influences of Satan are subtle. He doesn’t hit us with everything all at once. He eases us into it. He desensitizes us through over-exposure to that which is wrong, so that it no longer bothers us.
But what is happening in the world does not have to happen in us. We can be different. We can do differently. Paul instructs Timothy to stick with the path that he knows. During his life, Timothy had learned some things. And in learning those things, he embraced them as true and reliable. You are never too young to learn the Word of God. Know what matters most, and spend your time on what matters. The word of God is able to make you wise for salvation. I know that there are imposters and evil people in the world, but your story doesn’t have to be the story of the world. I know that 62% of 12th graders are engaging in sexual activity, but you flee fornication. I know that violence is overtaking our communities but you, be a peacemaker so that you can be called sons of God. I know that sometimes it is hard to tell the difference between people in the world and people in the church, but you make sure that you do not conform to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.