This little bit from the Gospel Coalition, How to Navigate the Generational Divide in Politics, kind of ruffled my feathers.
First of all, I’m Generation X, totally invisible, so invisible we don’t even exist at all. A cloak of invisibility, it’s our magic superpower. TGC falls right in line with this cultural narrative, this meme, by focusing on “young evangelicals” and “baby boomers.” Invisible Gen X does not even exist in the narrative.
Next we have identity politics going on, a bit of ageism and rigid generational stereotypes. “Elders” are all the Fox news consuming, indoctrinated, Trump supporters who just aren’t as wise as the young evangelicals. We wish to have you attempt to honor your addled brained parents who just don’t know any better. We should really strive for something more akin to patronizing disappointment in our parents, rather than the outright hatred we have been showing.
The article actually says, “Don’t instantly ascribe their political preferences to racism, xenophobia, greed, or some other vice. Be slow to chalk up their politics to idolatry.”
Thank you for that graciousness, I feel better already! Wait actually, I don’t even exist in this article. The Boomers have simply given birth to all the young “woke” evangelicals. I’m not even sure if one can be offended by one’s designated non existence?? That is a profound philosophical question for another day, but I think it really gets to the root of the problem.
Next, my parents where far- left- lefties, and boomers. They toned it down a wee bit in their old age, so they moved themselves just a kitten’s whisker away from completely insane to….. mostly insane. I live in an area heavily dominated by boomer lefties. Mayor Jenny of Seattle recently got to re-visit her youth by encouraging Chaz her beautiful, “summer of love.”
Many cultural narratives don’t seem to understand that the 60’s happened some 60 years ago, so our “elders” are not all Trump supporting Fox news consuming, 1950’s TV sitcom conservatives. Most of them are actually now, “The Powers That Be,” “The Man,” the establishment. Especially true if you live in a very blue area where your politics are dominated by these people.
If I have to go deal with the authorities in my neck of the woods, there’s a 98% chance they’re going to be a far left “Power That Be” who doesn’t even acknowledge my generation’s existence. I am really not complaining or lamenting about that truth, I did say that wearing a cloak of invisibility is really a superpower, one that often enables you to hover above the fray observing the truth with some clarity that just cannot be seen from the participants on the ground.
Laughing here, I sometimes like to say, I have somehow managed to earn myself a non participation trophy.
Also worth a chuckle, Brett who wrote this article serves as an elder. So you know, even our elders in the church these days are not really “elders.”
Because I am a rabble rouser and a bit of a troublemaker, and also someone who has earned some genuine wisdom through my blood, sweat, and tears, I’m going to make a controversial proclamation. My parents and the far left Powers that Be in my area, flat out practice politics motivated by racism, xenophobia, greed, idolatry, and several other vices.
Yep, it’s the truth.
They are not honorable, noble, and virtuous people full of sacrificial love for the people and a servant’s heart. I’m sorry to break the news. I’m even more sorry that this might be “news” to some! Just the same, this is important to understand because Jesus said, “If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.”
We are not called to love people by making them all virtuous and worthy in our own minds, we are called to love people in truth, seeing them as they really are, flaws and all. We cannot love what we are unwilling to even see. The rest of that passage says, love your enemies and….. “you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.”