Isaiah 43;19 declares: “Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
A new thing? Try this one on for size: Just as the Apostle Paul brought the Good News to the Greeks, today’s latch key kids will bring it to the GEEKS!
Here’s what I mean. Does anybody remember those radical Jesus Freaks of the 60s and 70s? They’re still around. They became the pot-bellied Baby-Boomers we know and love today. These people seem to have become more conservative with age (having children of buy church email lists one’s own will cause that transformation). After all, many who were once yesterday’s liberals are today’s conservatives. They scorn the vulgar videos and movies of today’s youth and turn in disgust from the their nasty grunge clothes, pierced noses, and tattoos. These Boomers can’t stand the in-yo-face vulgarity and arrogance of buy church email lists today’s young no-commitment “slackers.”
To you pastors out there, I hate to break it to you, but these kids are the new recruits. These young people ARE the new Church. I call them the Omega Warriors.
Together, we Boomers must get over something that is much more than a generation gap. It’s the most paradigm of paradigm shifts because there is a total misunderstanding of these newbies on the part of today’s “organized Church.” The Boomers must come to recognize the hidden sorrows faced by today’s “latch-key” kids . . . the heart-rending despair of buy church email lists their broken homes and the poor parental skills under which they were subjected as we’ve together discovered that TV makes a terrible surrogate parent. This is the stuff of their lives that makes them “act that way.”
Christians, gone are the days of the “one-talking-to-many” mediums, the talking heads of today’s Baby-Boomer Christianity. We are entering a one-to-one digital medium. These kids want to interact. They desire interdependency. They want to collaborate and dialogue with others. Common interests are drawing these kids into common communities. One quick glance at their Internet chat rooms makes this extremely evident. They’ll discuss anything. They WANT to commune.