We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done.Psalm 78:4
I don’t think it’s a secret that there is some contentious stuff going on in the Christian community, especially here in America. To be fair, a lot of my resources come from Twitter and social media in general, which tends to be pretty divisive on a normal day. But I also hear the heartbreak and frustration coming out of the mouths of friends and family, longing for a redemption for the brokenhearted and oppressed. Feeling betrayed that the Church is silent or speaks out in half-truths. Longing for truth, justice, and peace to prevail.
And I wonder how the next generation will view the church when they grow up, view Christianity as a whole, as they watch us from the sidelines today. Will they see a place of rage or redemption? Will they see peacemakers or persecutors? Will it be a place that includes the lost, broken, and hurting, or will it be a place that excludes those who don’t understand the codes, rules, and expectations?
It’s important for me to remember that though the Church is made up of a flawed humanity, it was created by a flawless God. We won’t get it perfect, but we can trust in the perfection of God’s plan. When I was in my darkest moments, I looked with desperation to find God’s presence. And He revealed himself in small and big ways. That is what I want to pass on to my son, to the next generation.
You will see a lot of heartbreak if you live for any length of time on this earth. You will get frustrated, lonely, broken, hurt, and sad. But there is a God that is willing to walk you through it. And as heavy as the bad feelings are, there will be moments of joy, wisdom, laughter, healing, and happiness coming. I have hope in the next generation because God will work through their lives, revealing himself in special ways to them, just as he has done in my own generation. And that’s a story I can pass on.