I love old people. They are dripping with experience, and stories. There is nothing like a story that begins with the phrase, “When I was your age…”
Their hills were steeper. Their miles were longer, and fast food for them was a chicken running around the back yard that had to be caught, killed, and plucked of feathers. You know, the good old days.
Things were simpler then. I know this to be true because every time I make a trip down south I feel like I traveled there in a Delorean.
And I love the good old days, which, for me, are the 80’s—hair band awesomeness. The music was amazing. Michael J. Fox was a teenage werewolf.
But when we talk about the past, generational differences always come up. There are variations, but it usually involves the way people were “back then,” and the way they are now. Take this quote for instance:
The world is passing through troublous times. The young people of today think of nothing but themselves. They have no reverence for parents or old age. They are impatient of all restraint. They talk as if they knew everything, and what passes for wisdom with us is foolishness with them. As for the girls, they are forward, immodest and unladylike in speech, behavior and dress.
These are heavy words regarding society’s youth. I’m sure you have heard something similar before.
What I find interesting, what prompted me to write this, is when these particular words were spoken.
There is nothing like a good stereotype. Am I right? You know, like how…
- Black people love fried chicken and Koolaid.
- Asians are good at math.
- Jews are penny pinchers.
- White guys are nerds or hicks.
- Christians are horrible tippers.
- Muslim guys beat their wives.
There are a million stereotypes for religion, ethnicity, economic status, and gender. Stereotypes are pure gold for stand up comedians and social commentators. This is how we relate with the world around us. We may not give voice to the ridiculous examples above, but we are all guilty of dividing people on some level.
Much of everyday life is about compartmentalizing, juggling. We talk about a work/life balance, though many of us see the scales tipping more towards the work side of the equation. But this is how we cope with the busyness of life. Trying to tackle all the responsibility we are shouldered with is more than cumbersome, it’s almost impossible. So we divide our lives into bite-sized pieces.
We have the professional life, the personal life (chock full of romance and mystery, no doubt), the social life, and finally, and most important, I’m sure, we have the spiritual life. This is the compartment dedicated to worship, church attendance, prayer and the like.
God gets a whole category all the to himself. He must be so happy!
On the surface, this seems like a healthy way to live. We can work, play, spend time with our loved ones and round it all out with a focused walk with God. It’s nice. The only problem is it’s not biblical. At all. Not even a bit. Read More…