I have been shocked in recent days at some of the comments that have been made by young people in our nation about the older generation after the result of the recent EU referendum. Some young people have suggested that old people shouldn’t have been allowed a vote as the outcome won’t be their problem to resolve! As a nation, whatever your position on the EU might be, we are in a time of polarisation of thinking and disunity. A narrative is starting to be created of young versus old, educated versus uneducated and white “British” versus other nations.
I am so glad that at Church last Sunday we had Esther Ward, a church partner in her 80’s sitting at the front of church encouraging us about her lifetime of following Jesus. Then after the Sunday meeting had finished, Ruth Pitman and Sheila Clewer had organised a wonderful “Teddy Bears Picnic” for those with pre-school children which was really well attended with loads of babies!
I have no desire for us to be a mono-generational cool church for the teens and millennials, a pick n mix church for Generation X or a comfortable waiting room for the baby boomers! And what are all these labels that box us in and limit us all about anyway?
I believe in a church that represents all the generations working together; the young respecting and caring for the old, the old (whatever age that might be!) releasing and encouraging the young and that together as a church family we better represent the body of Christ to a nation that right now needs to hear a gospel of unity not division.
Malachi 4:6 encourages us to “turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents…”. Can I challenge the church this week to find someone of another generation and look for an opportunity to sit, listen, spend time and really understand one another.
God designed us to be better together, it’s not just a political catch phrase.