Matthew 11:16 "But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their playmates, 17 "'We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.' 18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, 'He has a demon.' 19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, 'Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!' Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds."
Jesus is describing the generation He was addressing. His generation found fault with whatever God did among them. John had a demon and Jesus was a glutton and a drunkard. The people did not recognize God's work among them. However, Jesus stated that John and He were giving the people the wisdom of God and their works proved it.
Jesus had other words to describe the generation that rejects the Creator God. In Matthew 17:17 He called the generation "faithless and twisted". Twisted means to depart from an accepted standard, which is the Word of God or instruction of God. Proverbs 28:4 speaks to this, "Those who forsake the law (the instruction of God, Torah) praise the wicked, but those who obey the law strive against them." Paul called the generation, "present evil age" (Galatians 1:4) and "crooked and twisted" (Philippians 2:15). Moses called his generation a "crooked, twisted, perverse and faithless" (Deuteronomy 32:5, 20). Every generation since sin entered the world has the same characteristics. The good news is, "Jesus came to save His people from their sins." (Matthew 1:21)
2 Peter 1:3-4 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, 4 by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.
We can escape the corruption of our generation by believing the gospel and exercising faith in the Son of God who loved us and gave Himself for us. (Mark 1:15; Galatians 2:20)