THE GENERATION GAP

Family Photos 010“And it shall be in the last days,” God says, “that I will pour forth of my Spirit on all mankind; and your sons and your daughters will prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.”

My daughter came running in earlier this past week, aghast because she had found out that the current trend among the “younger generation” today is to shave and/or wax every inch of their body hair.  She called it “extreme manscaping.” Isn’t that painful?  Why would anyone do that?  Ouch!

But I think the biggest shock to my daughter was that she had somehow crossed that invisible line to he a part of the “older generation” who doesn’t at all understand the younger.   It’s hard not to see yourself as the young and hip generation anymore.  (Actually, she’s still denying that she has crossed over.  She thinks this must be some kind of an aberration.)  Sorry, but I think this is just the first shock of many to come.

I also think the generation gap today is wider than at any time before in history.  This youngest generation has literally grown up with “stuff” handed to them on a silver platter like never before.  At the same time, many, if not most, have grown up without a father present in the home, with a media that bombards them with sexual imagery almost from infancy, with little or no moral or religious teaching in the home, and with an education system that tells them that life has no meaning because there is no Creator; they just evolved from a monkey.  They’re also the first generation in America to grow up under constant threat of terrorism or nuclear annihilation.  No wonder they’re so confused!

Yet there are shining stars in every generation, and God promises that this one will be no exception.  He tells us to “Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.”  For a season, they may forget or wander from the things you have taught them, but they will come back to them.  Or hopefully, they may never wander at all.  I’m so proud of kids like Sadie Robertson, and my young friends, Katelyn Watkins and Charleigh Roberts, who take a stand for Jesus at an early age and never waver from it.  As parents, that’s what we strive for.  And we can never give up!

The time is coming, and I believe it’s coming soon, when this prophecy is going to come true again just like it did at Pentecost.  God is going to pour out His Spirit on young and old. And this time it’s going to come right before “the great and glorious day of the Lord shall come.”  Jesus is coming back, and when He does, there’ll be no more generational or any other kind of gap.  We will all be truly one in Christ.  Hallelujah!

Taboo Tuesday Question of the Day:  When was the last time you were stunned by the generation gap?

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About TeresaGPollard

Born and raised in Richmond, VA, I am a Christian Mom, Grandma, Sunday School Teacher, and now Author. My goal is to reach people with the Truth of God's Word and help them to apply it to their real world situations.
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3 Responses to THE GENERATION GAP

  1. Wendy says:

    The first thing that came to mind is my son’s generation, when he was in high school it wasn’t cool to bathe…no threats could get him into the shower. He pretty much stayed with this ideology into his twenties…so did the stank…oddly enough, he had no trouble getting girls though the one he married was born without the sense of smell…now my husband and I are firm believers in God healing in these times as He did back when. We have seen multiple healings of all kinds…so we were pressed with a problem…if God healed her, she might drop our boy like a bad habit or a pair of reeking socks…all this to say we went ahead and prayed for her-not yet healed but still believing while my son is a husband and father who bathes regularly…who says God isn’t into miracles today?

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  2. Laura Jackson says:

    The shaving things has been around a while–even my generations, people in their early 30s do that.
    At my church, we have a T2 program where empty nesters mentor adult women, and then adult women of any age (but mostly career age) mentor teen girls. I love that it bridges the generation gaps. Older women are commanded to teach younger women in Titus 2, and I’m so thankful for a church that encourages people of all ages to reach across the age gap and minister to one another.

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  3. Thanks Laura. It is great when churches have such ministries. My daughter was so shocked because it was her twelve year old son asking for a razor. I don’t really know when it started. In my day, men were proud when they got their first chest hair. My ex-husband got super distressed when he had to have surgery and they were going to shave off his one little chest hair. He was more upset about that than the surgery itself!

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