July 18, 2012
I don’t know for sure when this designation originated, but sometime back in the 1960’s or 70’s my generation was affixed with the moniker, “The me generation.” Those born between 1946 and sometime into the mid to late 50’s are known as those who care about themselves before being concerned with others. We want what we want, we want it now, and that’s that.
That may be true, and if it is then my children’s generation has to be the “No you don’t get it, it really is about me” generation. And their children will likely be the “You ain’t seen nothing yet” generation. If you thought you were the “Me generation” then we are the “Universe generation,” i.e. the universe orbits around me.
Does this all sound rather… uh… um… CYNICAL?!?! No doubt it is. Rick Warren in his book Purpose Driven Life begins the first chapter with these words: “It’s not about you.” He then goes on through the remainder of the book to discuss the fact that the faith is about God. It’s always about God. It’s fully and completely about God. Some will say they have problems with that book…. Maybe they do, but do they know that it’s not about them? And do they realize he begins with his statement “It’s not about you” because truthfully we all think that it is?
Occasionally folks will complain about things they don’t like in church. Their comments almost always begin, “I didn’t like…”. Uh, does anyone see a problem with that? The problem is this… who cares what we like! It’s all about what God likes! I’m not saying that God likes everything the church does… only that we need to begin with God’s concerns, not with our own. So if we don’t like something we ought to be able to say… humbly… “I may be wrong, but I’m not sure that ___________ was/is honoring to God.” Again, not “I don’t like _____.”
In John 3, John the Baptist speaking of Jesus says this: 30 He must become greater; I must become less.” Wow, no kidding! I suspect if that were the rallying cry of everyone who calls themselves “Christian” our churches and communities would look radically different. Our priorities would change. The use of our time would change. The reason for getting up in the morning would change. What it means to be a human being would change. Get it??? EVERYTHING WOULD CHANGE!
But alas, I don’t think that will happen anytime soon. I think the “Me generation,” the “No you don’t get it, it really is about me” generation, the next one after that and frankly even the “greatest generation” will not voluntarily change the reckless course we are on to self fulfillment and self aggrandizement. Our lives will not become about God, nor will we be able to see through the fog of our own culture and sin to see the truth that Jesus sets before us.
If you were to read the first chapter of Ephesians you would find some form of the phrase “In Christ” appearing over and over again. Why? Because the things of the faith are real and truthful as they come to us in and through Jesus. You will also find these words 9 “he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ…” Why does God make his will known to us? For HIS good pleasure! Did I happen to mention that it’s about God… it’s all about God?
Until we are ready to embrace that truth and stop making God into our own creation, we will not “get” the faith. (That includes the writer of this little essay.) It will continue to be about us and our own desires.
I would greatly appreciate any comments you might have regarding this note. It can be a yeah, or a nay. Please note that I might use your comments in the future. (without your name of course)