Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it. -George Orwell
More than that, we have so many special interest divisions in our country. The one that bugs me the most, deep down, is the questioning about what the candidate will do for women. I just don't get it. Honestly, can you really make changes effecting women across this country that don't effect the men? Or, vice versa? I have to say, I think this is a big flattery job. All anybody really wants is jobs, money, and a hope for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We all want that, regardless of our generation, race, sex, or national origin. So, why the division?
Lost in the madness is that these are the church planters, the building risers, the soul winners and the visionaries who paved the roads we tread on today. They’ve gone along with all of this because deep in their hearts, they love their children and their grandchildren, and if this is what it takes to share Jesus, they’ll bear the cross. They’ll sit through worship music at decibel levels which pain their aging ears drums. They’ll give up the hymns which remind them of their faith journey as a child. They’ll wait patiently for us to ask them questions, because they know we won’t listen if they just give us the answers. -Excerpted from:
Who Shot The Church Lady? Posted on February 22, 2011 by Michael K. Reynolds (Used with permission.)
And, that is exactly the point. Everything done at church is about sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with real flesh and blood people of all ages. I think it is quite revealing that God ordained the family to be composed of differing generations. It is rare in a family that you have people the same age. Instead, we all have to learn to work with people of different generations from birth. So, why is it a problem at church? I think the answer lies in the fourth photo I have included above. I selected these four because they show different ways people deal with generational differences. In the 1st, you have one generation being completely antagonistic and rejecting of the activities of the other. In the 2nd, you see a generation crosser who is embracing the technology of the younger generation in a way that is in total disregard of her past preferences. In the 3rd, you see two generations living parallel lives, never crossing paths or making eye contact. But, in the last photo, you have interaction and mutual respect between generations. They are together, sharing themselves in the midst of their distinct and diverse tastes. The grandfather appears to take pleasure in observing the life his grandchild is living. Likewise, the child seems interested in what his grandfather does. They have brought themselves and their activities to one place to be together. That is unity. And, really, do you think Heaven will be divided between the Kosher and the non-kosher sections, the smoking and non-smoking, the older generation and the young people? I think not.
Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in Christ Jesus.