Reflections on this current generation.
by Confessions of a Christian Twi-Hard (Notes) on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 12:24am

2 Timothy 3:1But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.

6They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over gullible women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, 7always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth.

Sound familiar?  Sounds like our current generation to me.   How did it happen? Where did this godless rebellious generation come from? As I thought about it, I realized that I and my generation are to blame.  We created them.

We were raised by the Depression Era generation who were materially deprived in their childhood and so demonstrated their love to us through material giving.  Our parents ruled their families with an iron fist. Children were to be seen and not heard.  We were not allowed to be too happy or too sad. So, as a result, we are a generation who disconnected from our feelings and submitted to authority. For our parents it was more important to be respected than loved by us .  We were deprived of the love that we hungered for.

In reaction to the parenting we received, my generation put our children on a pedestal.  We celebrated their feelings and allowed them to question our rules and guidelines and gave them the power we longed for as children.  Because we were starved of love from our parents, we looked to our children to fill that void.  We wanted to be loved rather than respected by our children.  We wanted to be their friend more than their parent. They became a generation who believed they were better than they were because they believed our inflated view of them.

Thanks be to God who can rescue both generations from themselves.  Most of my generation tried to fill the void with sex and drugs and rock n roll.  We ended up empty and beat up.  We turned to Christ and found the love our parents could never give us.  The love that we were created for.

So this current generation will have the cruel realization that the world is bigger and tougher than them and the success they are running after will not fill the void in them.  They will be humbled by the hard knocks that life delivers and hopefully they will turn to Christ.  In Christ they will learn that the equation for peace is to serve and love others more than ourselves.  To be first, they must be last.

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