The Multi-Generational Church
Posted: Tuesday, August 8
1 Corinthians 4:1-21
Verse of the Day:
The glory of the young is their strength; the gray hair of experience is the splendor of the old. (Proverbs 20:29 NLT)
I always wondered when it would get to the point where I was the old man saying, “I just don’t get these kids.” Have you said that yet? Are you looking at today’s youth bewildered at their choices and wondering why in the world they are doing the things that they are doing? I’m 27, which is young, right? It makes me feel good at musicals when guests to the church are surprised that I’m a pastor because… “You look too young to be a pastor!” Why thank you maam, you have made my day! Because to the 7 and 8 year olds that I’m trying to connect with at church, 27 is oooooold!
We celebrate youth as Americans. When you walk through the mall, all of the clothes stores feature people between 18-25 years old. Commercials, from Coke to cars, highlight a beautiful person in that sweet span of 18-25. To be young is to be prime! You know what, there is glamour to being young. There’s a carefree spirit, less responsibilities and demands, and a whole world ahead of you filled with unlimited choices! But in the wise words of Solomon, there is a place for the young and the old in the church today.
For the church to thrive the way God wants it to, there needs to be healthy balance of multi gene rationalism. Each side, the young and the old, bring their perks and pieces to the table. Solomon writes that the young bring strength, while the old bring wisdom and experience. When these two pieces can be paired together, there’s nothing that can stop the church! I’m so thankful for our church and the opportunities we offer the young and old. There’s always the crazy old man and the foolish young girl. When the young appreciate the old, and the old appreciate the young, then the church can function the way God created it to.