Christian 20- and 30-something's prayer: "Just not in my generation, O Lord, it is my family's turn now"
Sometimes Facebook is so detrimental to my Christian vision. Post after post causes me to see how so many young, confessing Christian 20- and 30-somethings are getting so, I'll say it, domesticated; that is, their assuming the cultural position of comfort, upward mobility, adverse to risk, non-follow-through with prior Christian callings, "I believe this is what God wants for mes," and "God told mes" and now ready to settle for an ordinary life, heck an ordinary church-life. Striving for it actually.
Don't get me wrong, I fully realize that an ordinary life is more in line with God's called will, but I mean here by "ordinary" is "what's socially and culturally expected" and "how can I raise a family unless . . .?" and just plain, fitting into the realm of American life and contemporary church-life. This somewhat saddens me . . .
I keep thinking it must be hard to apply what John wrote in 1 John 2:15-17:
Hard to apply when it doesn't look like the world around the 20- and 30-somethings is passing away, but needs to be planned for for family, security, and eventually, retirement (a wholly unbiblical concept bytheway--sorry to all my good and faithful friends who are retired).
I feel like we are living at a time somewhat like the king of Israel that was told destruction was coming, but humbled himself just enough to forestall judgement during his days and passed it on to his sons (when destruction did, eventually come). "O, Lord, just not in my days, let the destruction come, during another generation because its my turn, our turn to live and enjoy life."
Two years ago, I listened to a former president of Crown College (my alma mater) answer the question: "What aren't we training our future Christian leaders that we should be training them for?" Without hesitation his answer: "We are not training them to endure persecution."
As I have now turned 61 and heading into my last stretch, I am more and more realizing how lulled as Christians, we, especially the young, the up and coming Christian and church leaders, have become. How settled we are, planning, striving at being lulled. Just not in our generation, O Lord, not in ours. It's our turn to enjoy life.
Chip M. Anderson, advocate for biblical social action; pastor of an urban church plant in the Hill neighborhood of New Haven, CT; husband, father, author, former Greek & NT professor; and, 19 years involved with social action.