To study generations is an interesting thing. Currently there are predominantly 8 generations: The Greatest Generation (1910-1924), The Silent Generation (1925-1945), Baby Boomers (1946-1964), Generation X (1965-1979), Millennials (1980-1994), iGeneration (1995-2012), Generation Alpha (2013-current).
You could spend a vast amount of time researching each of these groups and the nuances of each one. I am actually a part of the generation that gets the most flax and notoriety, the Millennials. Unjustly, I believe our generation gets blamed for a lot that college students, the iGen, does.
Although we could build a compelling case that each generation has progressively gotten worse. I believe that each generation has its flaws and sinfulness.
Agur is really an unknown author, but he provides some of the most beautiful word pictures in all the Bible. He describes a broken and perverse generation in vs. 11-14. This generation is on e that doesn’t honor authority, self-righteous, prideful, and destructive. I don’t believe Agur had any one generation in mind, but simply that each generation has a period of rebellion and a group of rebellious individuals. These sinful individuals grow to represent the whole.
There is a perverseness in many generations today that align with Agur’s words. What should our response be? I believe God wants us to pray for our generation and others, but I believe it must go beyond prayer.
For too often we accuse generations of problems and write them off instead of reaching them. My generation, Millennials, are some of the most loyal and creative of all generations. They are not afraid to ask questions and they want to know the whys behind the what’s. A millennial won to Christ can be one of the most dedicated and studious Christians in the church.
Let’s purpose to pray for these new generations and seek God’s wisdom about how to reach them and engage them in the work of the LORD.
Daily Scripture Reading
“Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.”