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Generation Gap (Tiyambuke 2014 Youth Service)

The Webster’s New World College Dictionary defines Generation Gap as “the set of differences in ideals, attitudes, experiences, etc. that ...

The Webster’s New World College Dictionary defines Generation Gap as “the set of differences in ideals, attitudes, experiences, etc. that exist between an older and a younger generation of people living at the same time”.

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The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language defines Generation Gap as "difference in values and attitudes between one generation and another, especially between young people and their parents".

The Multi-Lingual Free Encyclopaedia defines Generation Gap as "a disconnect between members of one generation and members of the next based on the later generation developing habits, attitudes, and preferences inconsistent with the experience of the former".

Underlying factor: Paradigm Shift/Change

Each generation will always be unique in their ways of thinking, seeing things and how they respond.

Bishop Noel Jones, in his message titled; Be Careful For Nothing (13 August 2014); says: “The current generation has been good in inventing instruments and technology but no longer know how to love”.

Advantages enjoyed by the current generation over their predecessors

1. Diverse opportunities – scholarships, bursaries, schools, sporting activities.

2. Global connectivity – internet, laptops, i-phones, tablets, smartphones.

3. Professionalism – dress-codes, manners in eating, specialized ministers of the Word of God (e.g. music pastors, Christian book writers), visual enhanced preaching, and communication and public speaking skills.

4. Quality events and services – weddings, birthday parties, conventions and conferences, medical and dental check-ups, warranties, insurance, funeral policies.

5. Constitutional rights – protected against any possible exploitation (e.g. child soldiers, child employment, child marriages)

6. Security enhancement – national level, household level, neighbourhood.

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Christian Principles that MUST always be observed regardless of generational, cultural and time differences.

1. Gratitude towards God
It is always important to pay sincere gratitude for everything that God does in our lives. Lack of gratitude (not being thankful) is part of the progressive downfall of a person's life into sin, rebellion and finally destruction.

James 1:17, "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning".

Romans 1:21, "Because that, when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened".

1 Thessalonians 5:18, "In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you".

2. Humanity
This remains a key requirement across all human beings in every generation. The current generation has developed "insatiable appetite for extremism".

o Homosexuality
o Drug abuse
o Extreme partying
o Pornography
o Sex before marriage
o Divorce cases

3. Respect of Parents/Elders
Regardless of how one thinks of his/her parents, they ought to be honoured and it is biblical.

Proverbs 6:20, "My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother".

Proverbs 23:22, “Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old.”

4. Faith
Without faith it is impossible to please God.

Hebrews 11:1 – 2, "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen, for by it the elders obtained a good report".

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5. True Love and Friendship
Philadelphia love (brotherly love).

o No to “fair weather friends”, parasites, symbiotic friends.
o Proverbs 17:17, "A friend loves at all times and a brother is born for adversity".
o Friendship is based upon principles.
o Proverbs 22:11, "He that loves pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend".

6. Submission
Always submit the authorities above you.

o Never try upward correction.
o Respect and honour the office bearers both elected and/or appointed.

2 Kings 2:5, "And the sons of the prophets that were at Jericho came to Elisha…"

2 Kings 2:12, "And Elisha saw it, and he cried; my father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof…"

May God bless you.

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