Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. (1 Timothy 4:12)
I have a confession to make.
I am part of a nation-wide group whose sole purpose in life is to dismantle the beloved American way. We are called out on news networks across the country as cold-blooded killers. Our thirst for violence knows no end. No company is safe. No store is in the clear. We will gladly watch them all die a slow and painful death.
No, I’m not talking about any terrorist organization.
I’m talking about….Millennials.
Come on, surely you’ve seen the headlines!
Drat! Our dastardly plan has been foiled. Our whole plot undone. And we would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren’t for those meddling….adults.
I’m not going to go into just. how. ridiculous. this all is. Just Google “Millennials are killing,” and you’ll find countless articles and listicles about all the industries that are failing to meet certain profit margins and are blaming their failing businesses on an entire generation of young adults. Everyone from BuzzFeed and HuffPo to Business Insider, Forbes, and BBC News is tracking this grotesque display of gratuitous violence against our most beloved half-rate restaurant chains.
Way to go, Millennials! We are slowly achieving our goal of world domination through cooking at home! Who knew it would be so easy?
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build (Ecclesiastes 3:1-3)
One thing this does tell me, though, is that the older generations seem afraid of change. Again, nothing new. I would venture to say that most revolutionary movements in history have been headed up by young adults.
Many of the men and women fighting for civil rights and equality in the 1960s were young adults in their 20s and 30s. Even teenagers and school children played active roles in changing American society.
And then there are the “Founding Fathers.” I have recently read the books 1776, by David McCullough, and Alexander Hamilton, by Ron Chernow. Whenever I see paintings from around the time of the American Revolution, featuring white-haired men in old fashioned clothing, I tend to assume everyone in the painting is older, at least in their 50s and 60s. But surprisingly (or unsurprisingly) the majority of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were UNDER 40 as of July, 1776.
Just check out this list:
Marquis de Lafayette, 18
James Monroe, 18
John Trumbull, 20
Aaron Burr, 20
Nathan Hale, 21
Alexander Hamilton, 21
Betsy Ross, 24
James Madison, 25
Henry Knox, 25
John Jay, 30
Nathanael Greene, 33
Thomas Jefferson, 33
click here for the full list
Even George Washington was only 44 at the start of the Revolution. The United States of America exists today because of the efforts of those who are the same age as current Millennials!
But what about the greatest revolution in world history – the revolution on which our entire calendar system is based on, the revolution resulting in the largest religion in the world, the revolution of heaven breaking into earth? What about Jesus and his disciples?
How old was Jesus when his ministry began?
Now Jesus himself was about thirty years old when he began his ministry. (Luke 3:23)
And his ministry only lasted between 3.5 to 5 years (we’re not entirely sure). And while we have no record of the ages of his disciples, we can make some certain assumptions based on the culture of the day.
We know that a Rabbi (teacher) would not have Disciples (students) who were older than he. It’s logical to assume that all of the Twelve were under 30 years of age. At least one of them was married (Peter). Several of them already had full-time jobs, or at least apprenticeships (Peter, Andrew, James, John, Matthew). I think it would be safe to assume that Peter, James, and Matthew were somewhere in their early-to-mid 20s. But we also know that some of them were younger than that. There was another James who was called “the lesser.” That could either mean shorter or younger (or both) than the other James. We also know that John was the only original disciple to die of old age near the end of the first century. This means he was likely in his mid-to-late teens.
Jesus was in his early thirties. His closest followers were in their teens and twenties….THE SAME AGE AS CURRENT MILLENNIALS.
The only constant in the universe (besides the speed of light) is change itself. To live is to change. The world is changing. The climate is changing. The economy is changing. Politics is changing. Gender roles are changing. Religion is changing.
Some ways of life that we’ve taken for granted over the last few decades are slowly becoming just another footnote in the history books. But that’s life.
Somebody had to be responsible for killing the Pet Rock Industry or the Cassette Tape Industry. Or did they just die out on their own?
Instead of mourning the loss of a certain way of life, let’s join together to look to the future. We can challenge the status quo, try new things, and change the world for the better.
After all, isn’t that what we are all looking forward to, anyway?
“…the old order of things has passed away.”
He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” (Revelation 21:4-5)
Please, Please, Please watch this video, especially if you are not yet convinced.