Isa 46:4 And [even] to [your] old age I [am] he; and [even] to hoar hairs will I carry [you]: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver [you].
One thing true about me is I always have had a soft spot for the elderly and realized how they viewed the world so differently. I always loved older people my entire life.
I have befriended often people 20-30 years older then me, this is not without a price though as many have left this earth. Thankfully many of my elderly friends were Christians and I look forward to the day we meet in heaven.
One lady included one woman who was a co-worker in the college cafeteria I worked in, when I was 19 and she was approaching 70 who witnessed to me though it would take time to bear fruit. Another was a close far older friend I met in my late 20s, who was a dear friend of mine for over 15 years. One friend is now 81, she has talked to me about the world that has rapidly changed and not all for the better and has served as good Christian mentor in working in her community and in a prison ministry she started in her late 70s. For 7 years in my 30s, I was in a Christian writer's club, where I was the youngest member by 40 years and learned much wisdom. If you ever get a chance to talk to older people, many will tell you interesting stories. Learning even the differences between now and then, can be quite the lesson. They hold the memories of times long past and can help one see through the often "re-written" history in the media.
Now I am aging myself and dealing with some issues that come with that and those of an older spouse, it has brought many things forward to my mind. How do I want to spend my life of whatever time I have left in terms of serving God? One realizes the shortness of time as the years like a rolodex add up and spin on by but no matter how old one is, they are to look ahead and like Paul think of the race ahead:
13Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
14I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
15Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.
16Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.
How many young people in this country are directed to waste their lives on so much that is meaningless, during the time when one has their entire life ahead of them? So few are told the realities of life. Some hide their children from all hardship while others let others get into adult things too soon with absolutely no guidance. My youth was spent knowing something was wrong, that the values were skewed that I had been handed, there was more to life then money and appearances. Thank God, I found out the truth but what about the endless numbers of young people who do not?
How many of us Christians have wondered what life would have been if we had been saved sooner, even if thankful for the later years that could be dedicated to serving God? Our poor young people are handed a lying bill of goods and sadly, this is connected to the fact that young and old travel in far more wide-apart circles. Today one sees the young going more into debt with huge college loans promised careers that never materialize and rapidly breaking apart family lives that offer no context or connections.
Time passes by fast and the older you get the more it travels by in a faster steady stream. Some look back on their life with regrets, but if you have had a hard life, and did not "accomplish" much by what the world dictates you should accomplish, if you have been born again in Jesus Christ and are seeking to live for God, that is what matters most! Build your treasures in heaven. So if you are reading this article from a small subsidized apartment or even from a nursing home, realize in that you have "achieved' what is most important in this life. "Achieve" is in quotes because of course salvation is a gift from God. If you are not a Christian, consider your place with God and where your eternal destiny lies. As long as one is breathing, God's forgiveness and love awaits.
We live in a culture where youth is honored above all else while the wisdom of older people is ignored. This is why the churches are overtaken with modern fashion, fads, trends and rock music. Even to the middle-aged all the fast changes have been a dizzying array. Modern churches give me a headache, visiting one with every sense assaulted by rock "gospel" music and swinging lights, I walked out. Youth culture is huge in the modern churches, even to the point they dismiss the needs and challenges of those even who have crossed the middle aged pathway. I still remember seeing this cartoon.
Definitely many of us have felt this way, while visiting modern churches. I used to go to rock concerts when young but stay far away now. There are many older people who have told me, they can't stand the music at their churches. Some churches around 10 years ago used to try and meet their needs by dividing the church body into "traditional" and "contemporary" services but this is not so common now. There is something wrong where so much is geared to the young, and so little for the old. Where so much is geared towards what is "happening", "hip", "fresh", "new" and "trendy". Ever visit a church and feel it was too immature for you? I sure have, and this happened when I was even in my mid-30s! This is because it is not geared for those in your age group. Why do so many modern churches even look like concert sets for MTV? Why are so many so watered-down and dumbed down, like they are trying to reach someone who is 14 instead of 40?
I believe one plan of the apostate churches is to separate young people from the wisdom and knowledge of the older people who even biblically are to share their counsel among the young. Its going on now and its STRONG.
Joel 1:2 ¶ Hear this, ye old men, and give ear, all ye inhabitants of the land. Hath this been in your days, or even in the days of your fathers?
Joel 1:3 Tell ye your children of it, and [let] your children [tell] their children, and their children another generation.
There is a reason these youth focused churches, are the dominant factor, ever wonder why there are no churches who reach out to older people except for a few specialized ministries? Why is there no church that focuses on older people who desire learned bible study, quiet hymn singing and prayer? The marketeers left that part of the "market" alone. Well they do not want any truth because of who they serve. They know they can hold and "control" the youth far more and influence them. That is why the youth are the focus and they have gathered the young people together in pursuits that leave older people on the fringes. Thus the focus on endless "rock" concerts.
Look at this article[actually Generation X is mostly today's 30 somethings and early 40 somethings while Generation Y is the 20 somethings] and notice what is stated here and rather blatantly too if you ask me.
I already covered some of this "reformulating" Christianity plans but the young are the target. Do not forget that! One question I have had, is where are the older people who watched their churches change? Surely some left while others submitted and decided not to rock the boat, as the new pastor brought in "new programs" and changed things around. I knew older people who would tell me how their churches changed after Rick Warren and other things were brought in, but many told me how they did not want to leave churches they had attended for decades, some even with full family and other histories.
The controllers know that same "global media" has impacted young people even far more, and the planning for the "future" of churches is centered around it. So when it comes to young people being taught by older more seasoned Christians, that is why the old people are often shown the door, some literally, and we see all these bright "young" star pastors who seemingly come out of nowhere. That's for a reason.
The responsibility of older Christians is to teach the younger ones. Whose warning all these young people? Sadly very few.
Younger people need the guidance of older ones. Even if you do not have children or a family of your own, I think older Christians are to set an example and teach younger ones. Whose doing any teaching now? Where are the older Christians in bringing some of these younger pastors aside to question some of what is going on?
1But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:
2That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.
3The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;
4That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
Why are our generations so separated now? Where grandmother and even older aunts are relegated to assisted living or nursing homes? Why are so many old people ending up alone and forgotten? Why are so many who do have better means, moving away from the younger generations to live in an isolated community of only other people their age? Think about here, how forcing each individual from school on to be with only their "peer" group, keeps one set from learning from the other.
Why are so many people who cross the 40 year mark, finding the job market no longer desiring them? Health bills are used as an excuse but what then happens to some of those people who become almost permanently unemployed well before their time? Something has gone very wrong in our society and how aging is viewed. America especially seems stuck in a permanent adolescence now, denying the wisdom of elders.
Younger people need older ones, to even learn from and be close too. Think about this society as a whole, Americans ponder with some amazement at cultures where they honor their old people instead of packing them away but these cultures have more truth in learning from those who with old age have gained experience and wisdom. Even looking at the churches, there is a reason they sequestered the elderly and silenced them, after all, the ones having memories of how things were, may question some of the "new" teachings, and tell the younger people -"This is not the way to go!". Many today are facing the empty vapor of the "American dream" and how the "Me" generation and the ones that followed it, focused so entirely on youth at the expense of everything else. These generations outside of those who are godly, are not ones where they will age gracefully.
We see this now. Some seem to act and behave like they will live forever, using the time here, focusing on being "young" forever letting the media do the leading and there too many in American society, basically getting sidetracked by all of this. Have you ever wondered why everyone on TV is young and very few older people are shown in the advertisements and more? Even with the newscasters while we had the older journalists even in the 60s and 70s, they have disappeared for the plastic surgery perfectly coiffed younger types.
We are in an aging society, where the numbers of the old are growing but one would not know it to look at our youth dominant media. So much of this stuff is a waste as people run to get their Botox and women even into their 40s, are pressured to dye their hair to cover up even the smallest grey hair. Why do we have deny time itself? Here too, the focus becomes about one's self instead of serving and helping others. Those who are growing old, need to keep their focus on the Lord.
Isaiah 46:4 And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you.
These are all things to remember. Us older Christians need to help instruct the younger, we need to keep running the race, we need to remember young people need us, and we need to realize how young people are specially being targeted.