From the minister's desk
“The Church of Christ -The Church for All Generations”Categories: from the minister's desk
We need to stop and look at what’s going on and how people are trying to justify their actions and desires for a new church, new doctrine or a new way to worship God. Folk either forget or ignore that their Creator do not succumb to them but they to Him or they will be lost! There is only one Gospel that saves! If we lose people for staying with “the faith once delivered to the saints” the bible says they were not with us in the first place. 1Jn.2:19, Isa.55:11… They are those who could “not endure sound doctrine, but… and turned unto fables.”
A recent Google report shows ‘a generation is the length of time between a person’s birth and their child-bearing years; approximately 20 to 30 years.’ There are currently six identified generations living in America and go by different names and corresponding years. This is not necessarily factual, but a theoretical assessment based on a study, research and behavioral patterns and thinking of most of the population in America. Regardless of the behavioral patterns and thinking of each generation, the Bible still covers all with no changes! The doctrine of the Church of Christ must remain the same as it is ‘the Church for all generations’ who wants to be saved!
The Greatest Generation (1901-1924) is just one of many generations that scholars have studied and distinguished for their perseverance through difficult times as a testament to their extraordinary character. Their remarkable actions, during times of war and peace ultimately made the United States a better place in which to live. Born and raised in a tumultuous era marked by war and economic depression, these men and women developed values of "personal responsibility, duty, honor and faith." These characteristics helped them to defeat Hitler, build the American economy, make advances in science and implement visionary programs like Medicare. They are credited with much of the freedom and affluence that Americans enjoy today. Despite these credits they remained remarkably humble about what they've done. It is a generation that, by and large, made no demands of homage from those who followed and prospered economically, politically, and culturally because of its sacrifices.
The Silent Generation (1925-1945) called ‘the Lucky Few’ refers to people who grew up during this time worked very hard and kept quiet. It was commonly understood that children should be seen and not heard. Around 50 million live births between 1925 and 1945 who were influenced by the Great Depression and World War II, and more. These are described as being highly ambitious and having a need for achievement, power, and status. It has been suggested that the economic suffering and loss of status during the Great Depression led to this attitude. During this era congress launched an assault on political freedom in America and Senator McCarthy’s overzealous attempts to feed anti-communist sentiment in America made it dangerous for people to speak freely about their opinions and beliefs. They became cautious about where they went and whom they were seen with. Therefore, the people were effectively 'silenced.' The children of this generation were described as withdrawn, unimaginative, unadventurous, and cautious. How could that affect their religious views?
Baby boomers, X, Y, & Z are mostly who makes up America today. In 1946, the first year of the 'boom,' there were 3.4 million babies born in the U.S. These numbers steadily increased to roughly 4 million babies born each year between 1953 and 1964. By the end of 1964, when the trend started to decline 76.4 million people were born during that 22-year period which comprised about one-quarter of the U.S. population. Generation X are people born 1961-1981. This era according to a U.S. census counted 82.1 million Gen Xers. These people are highly educated, active, balanced, family oriented and happy. They openly acknowledge and embrace social diversity in terms of such characteristics as race, class, religion, ethnicity, culture, language, gender identity, and sexual orientation. The word of God is “settled in heaven” and gave One Church for all generations including this one and any that follows! Generation Y or Millennials refers to the people born between the early 1980s and early 2000s. Teenagers and twenty-somethings have been dubbed the Millennials and have been characterized in a number of different ways. On the negative way they've been described is lazy, narcissistic and prone to jump from job to job. In positive ways being more open-minded, and more supportive of gay rights and equal rights for minorities. Other positives describing them include confident, self-expressive, liberal, upbeat and receptive to new ideas and ways of living. Now think about the babies Gen. Z, the ones we are teaching and developing now. If we don’t do a better job of getting Christ in them now, it will be more difficult to get them in Christ later! What will they turn out to be like and how will they impact the future of the church? Still one church for all generations!