“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?