A blogging friend, Renee (whose site is the always awesome “Forget the Roads“), left the following comment on yesterday’s post, “Drinking Coffee with Old People.” It was so good, I felt like it deserved a post of its own, so here’s Renee’s thoughts:
“Old Lady weighing in here:
I was born in ’58. According to the official DOB requirements, that makes me a Boomer, and you know what? All my life I have refused to be associated with the generation that dropped the ball on, well, just about everything.
Ryan, it’s not “bratty” to candidly note that stupid young people developed into stupid old people, clinging obsessively to the so-called “countercultural wisdom” of their age group. Boomerism needed to be rejected rather than incorporated into 20th-century American Christianity, but the mantra of Me First got baptized into (Just) Me and Jesus – with appalling results: “cool” churches catering to the selfishness of the upwardly mobile. A veneer of Jesus has been varnished over the “self-evident truths” of radical individualism and unbridled consumerism. Naturally, when younger folks are spoon-fed this pablum, they choke….
Getting back to the Reformers won’t solve the problem – their insistence on being allowed to make their own rules was the root of the pride that blossomed in the 60s. Either there is an objective Truth, or there isn’t. Turning up the music won’t hide that fact.
The Church Fathers speak wisdom. They understood that there was no question of negotiating a settlement with the Almighty in which they would be allowed to hang onto certain noxious strains of thinking or perversions like divorce and contraception in order to maintain their privileged lifestyles. They just gave themselves up and allowed themselves to be radically reconfigured. No such reconfiguration occurred in my generation. Don’t look for wisdom in Boomer churches. Navel-gazing deserves to die.”