From Madison Chase
These days, you don't have to look far to find criticism of younger generations. "MILLENNIALS ARE RUINING..." is a common start to many headlines, with young adults accused of ruining everything from paper napkins, breakfast cereal, and yogurt to homeownership, vacations, and diamonds. To folks born before 1985, it seems like "kids these days" are all but literally glued to their phones.
From this young adult's perspective, young people are radically optimistic about how they can affect change in their communities. They are more likely to seek communal and social connections, even over long physical distances. They see the good that technology can do, and they strive to create a better world with it.
We're not immune to these attitudes in church. Younger people engage with their faith differently, and consider theological and moral quandaries in a way that can make older generations scratch their heads. The question becomes: how can we bridge the gaps? What can we intentionally do to diminish misunderstandings, and instead focus on our shared traditions? For the next few weeks, the youth will be exploring these questions as they consider their place in the Christ Church community. As we have these conversations, I encourage us all to reach out across age groups and learn about one another.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., once said, "The quality, not the longevity, of one's life is what is important." It doesn't matter if you're a Millennial, a Boomer, a Gen-X-er, or a member of the iGeneration - we can all lead amazing lives of wondrous love, extraordinary grace, and powerful justice as we follow the way of Jesus. Let us all join together and remember Dr. King's words as we honor him this week.