Before you get too far into this post, I don’t have a real clear handle on how to describe generations and changes. Some people talk about the emerging church and sometimes our labels can lead to more confusion than clarity. By emerging, simply think of the generation that is currently in their teens, twenties and even early thirties. At some point in all our lives, we were the emerging generation. At some point, too, we just get called “old.”
Back on point…I have been listening to podcasts from Craig Groeschel who is senior pastor at lifechurch.tv. I’m in the midst of his third message, but have been thinking about what he talked about in his first message of this series. He spoke primarily to the emerging generation and identified three temptations he believes apply to this generation of teens, twenties and early thirties. He did say that these are his opinion, but I think he is on target and would like others thoughts on it.
Briefly, here are the three temptations as he sees them:
1. Temptation to Feel Entitled. We have a lot of “stuff” and one thing the emerging generation faces is the sense of entitlement. In a world where everything is new, it creates an expectation of having that same standard of living throughout life.
Great thought on this: we have a good life and feel like we deserve it. When things go bad, we blame God because we feel we deserve it. God doesn’t get the glory when things are good, but gets the blame when things are bad.
2. Temptation to Define Truth as We See It. We have been taught that there is no thing as absolute truth, so truth is defined by whatever makes me happy.
Love this illustration on this idea of judging things on how we feel. Sin is like a sneeze. It feels good coming out, but then there is snot everywhere. Great picture, wouldn’t you say?
3. Temptation to Postpone Adulthood. He referred to one person’s research on when people consider themselves as adults. The primary answer was when they had a child. So, until someone actually has children, he or she is not considered an adult. Postponing adult can lead to postponing the roles and responsibilities that we equate with adults, in life, in the workforce and in the church.
That is a brief overview of his thoughts, but I have seen all three at work where I live. Would be interested in other thoughts on this as well.
He is not bashing the emerging generation, but rather pointing out some obstacles young believers will face. What is great is that he then challenges every generation to rise up and be the people God has created us to be.