Isn’t it sad communists call older people “useless eaters”? This teaches the elderly have no use to society. Since the younger generation has been taught evolution and its belief in “survival of the fittest,” will they oppose euthanizing older people who can’t physically contribute to society? Does the younger generation really believe they will not be labeled “useless eaters” when they are elderly unless they work now to change that?
Obviously, if communists want society to welcome and believe in communism it must be changed from traditional beliefs. Therefore, society must be taught traditional thinkers, many of whom are the older generation, do not deserve time be spent with them.
Sadly, the younger generation has been taught to be peer dependent, via education, media, Society, their friends, etc. and so they choose to spend time with their peers. Often they don’t even spend social time with people (or siblings) 10 or more years older, much less the elderly. Remember, those are not their “peers.”
One way that is teaching the younger generation the “me, my, mine” criteria for social time, which would include choosing time with the older generation, is “Was it fun?” or “Is it fun?,” instead of using the criteria of serving the Lord and others with “Was the Lord honored, served and shared?” or “Was His love shown to others?” No doubt, time with most elderly people don’t fit in the definition of “fun.” After all, many are physically incapacitated, not wearing current fashion clothes, etc. Sadly, even though many, many of these people have a wealth of wisdom, having lived the length of time they have and having for decades walked with the Lord, there is no opportunity to share it with those who are younger because they usually have little interest.
Is no time or little time with the elderly happening in families today? Ask grandparents how much time their grandchildren, (on their own free will, not because parents sent them) spend time with them, just visiting and sharing. How many grandchildren ever call Grandma or Grandpa and ask, “Is there something you need me to help you with?” and/or “Can we spend some time together?” or if in another city, “How are you? What have you been doing?” With so many demands on children’s, and their older sibling’s, time these days, i.e., homework, social media, sports, movies, parties, time with their friends, maybe part time jobs, they really don’t have time to spend with grandparents. This older generation understands those time demands, but still miss being with them, even periodically. Would there be time if the grandchildren really wanted to and then prioritized their time as to what is important? Is their time being prioritized, but time with grandparents is not listed, even in Christian families?
One way which causes younger generations to have no social use for the older generation is to separate ages at churches (Sunday school) and also never having intergenerational events where they share with one another, i.e., older generation getting acquainted with the younger generation and vice versa. How different this rift in generations would be if Bible study teachers had whole families sit together around tables, give them a few lesson related discussion questions to answer in the first half of Bible study time and then give a teaching over what was discussed! The younger children would hear wisdom from the older generation and yet new insights and/or questions would come from the younger generation. Surely, this would build on-going relationships between generations!!
In closing, this reading from “The Daily Walk” May, 1985 says it well regarding the elderly:
For the ignorant, old age is like winter, for the wise, it is a harvest.
Aging is an enigma. It has been well, said, “The elderly are the only outcast group that everyone eventually expects to join.” Arnold Toynbee on his 80th birthday remarked, “I’m glad I’m growing old in England. Americans are dedicated to the new and super efficient. It must be depressing to be old in the United States.” And in the church of Jesus Christ, the situation is not much better. Those who stand to gain the most from the experience of the elderly —the next generation—often spend the least amount of time with them. Perhaps that is why Paul had to command Titus to have the older women teach the younger, and older men to provide godly models for the younger (Titus 2:1-8). Without his encouragement, it might never have happened.
Do you treat the elderly in your church as if you expect to become one of them? Do you accord them the honor and dignity which their years of faithful service for Jesus Christ deserve? Do you draw upon their wisdom and sensitivity in making spiritual decisions? This week spend time with someone 20 or more years your senior. Together, talk about this week’s memory verse. You will be wiser!
A Day is a Terrible Thing to Waste. “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom” Psalm 90:12
Daily Reading of Job 15-17 for May 22 From “The Daily Walk” A Guide for Dynamic Christian Living. May, 1985 Walk Thru the Bible Ministries, Atlanta, GA
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