I have talked a little bit about the generational gap that divides young and old. Its a problem that I feel is facing the church today. Being someone who likes to add to the madness, let me throw out a couple of questions about this gap. First a story.
I was talking with a minister about this generational gap and the problems that it was creating at his church. He is a new minister to the church, he is young, and therefore changed some ways the church operated. This created some problems for the older generation (senior saints as they are called). The biggest issue was they felt left out and did not like the direction of the services and really the church. The minister decided to try and avoid this issue and hired another pastor to “minister” to the senior saints. As I listened to this story I could not help but see a problem. The problem is the creation of two churches in one building. In the churches haste to appease the complainers they created a divide in generations.
I do not want to get into the discussion of whether or not this is right or wrong. Mainly what I continue to wonder about is the role of each generation? My gut reaction to this situation is that the older generation is being selfish. Which really in turn means that I am being selfish.
Two questions that I had
1) Why is this generation making it about them?
2) Where is the sacrifice to help the next generation?
You can see the selfishness in all of this. Both sides are guilty. But I cannot help but wonder where the medium can be found? Is it a give and take thing, or does it truly come down to the fact that both generations are different and will have a hard time “getting along.”
Personally, I would really love to see sacrifice from both sides. I truly believe that mentorship is one of the biggest needs in the church today. Young mom and dads need help with parenting and marriage advice, college students look for life advice, and 30-40 something leaders are looking for leadership advice. What better place to look then to the generation that has gone ahead of us. I am just afraid that style and preference continues to divide.
Weigh in on this, what would you say?