Want proof? A recent political add from a national senior citizen lobby stated starkly to our political leaders; “There are 55 million of us and we’ll be watching.” The message is…don’t touch my entitlements.
Certainly entitlements for the poor need to be preserved, but how is it that the elderly class in America now go on TV and threaten the younger generations? What happened to adult elders whose job is to set the stage for the next generations?
At Vibrant Faith Ministries we are huge advocates for linking the generations, not playing them off against one another. Were we to run a political add we’d say:
“There are 55 million of us and we are watching…and acting to see that our children and grandchildren have opportunities to be all that God has made them to be, and to share a faith to sustain them through life.”
And then this week, even as I was fuming over my generations selfishness I met two men who run counter to the “me” generation. One has created an incredible organization http://www.watertothrive.org. This man has been successful in business and is now giving of himself by digging wells in Ethiopia. The other gentleman had a long career in manufacturing and is now giving back through an organization called SCORE. They link retired executives with young business leaders in need of mentoring. Both do this work for FREE! Now that’s more like it!
The book of Proverbs emphasizes the importance of cross-generational sharing. And in Ephesians 6:4 father’s are encouraged to “bring their children up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” That takes work and self-sacrifice.
So, if I was to create a T-shirt company and we only sold one type of shirt that said “I’m older and it’s not about me!” would you buy it?