By Andy Hale
The recent “OK, Boomer” and “OK, Millennial” memes and GIFs have nauseatingly filled up my news feed. It was humorous at first, but now it’s just reached the level of annoying as politicians seek to cash in with their dad jokes.
It’s like the Scottish novelist Margaret Oliphant could predict the future when she wrote, “I suppose every generation has a conceit of itself which elevates it, in its own opinion, above that which comes after it.”
Generational gaps are nothing new. The young always look at the older with frustration and disillusion. The older always look at the younger with confusion and annoyance.
Each generation experiences their own distinct perspective, encapsulated in the context of the given circumstances. We are who we are, and we see the world as we see the world, due to the framework that birthed us into reality.
Everyone seems to be writing about generations now, including sociologists, pollsters, journalists and pastors. Writing about generations is big business. But what about writing to one’s generation?
Michael and Lauren Green McAfee have written, Not What You Think: Why the bible Might Be Nothing We Expected Yet Everything We Need, a book to Millennials about the Bible.
Lauren works in the executive office of Hobby Lobby, the company founded by her grandfather, David Green. Michael is the teaching pastor at Council Road Baptist Church in Oklahoma City. The couple is also involved in the Bible Museum in Washington, D.C.
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Andy Hale created and hosts the podcast of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Hale is the senior pastor of University Baptist Church of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, following eight years as the founding pastor of Mosaic Church of Clayton and five years as CBF’s church start specialist. Follow on Twitter @haleandy