The Necessity of a Young Perspective
Youth is worshipped today.
Most people want to stay young forever. We use lotions and creams, clothing, makeup, jewelry, physical fitness, and hair color; all these things to to keep us looking and feeling young. But these are mostly external things. Things that make us appear younger on the outside. You don’t hear anyone saying “I wish I had the brain of a 25-year-old.”
John was the youngest of the disciples. There were advantages and disadvantages of being the youngest of the group. Youth are often looked at as immature and not as intelligent as older people. Too young to understand the world. Not quite capable of handling “adult” responsibilities yet. But young people can provide perspectives that older people don’t see.
Older people tend to be stuck in their ways, not willing to see or try things differently. As generation after generation of youth grow up, they bring new insight into how society operates. Our ever changing culture dictates how we live our lives. Youth in the church provides a way for us to understand the current culture and provide a connection between the older people in the church to the outside world.
I think that Jesus knew just how important youth was and is today.
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