“Forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, have this attitude” (Philippians 3:13b-15a)
A couple months ago, some folks in their fifties organized a karaoke, and I went there to help them be the VJ. But I got both sad and mad after the experience. They were always talking about, “The old songs are so good, they have such good lyrics and melody, the songs today are so bad, it’s never the same, blah, blah, blah…” And they kept saying that as they sang the songs of the 60’s and the 70’s. I was sad that they continued to live in the past, and I was mad that they couldn’t see past themselves. I bet that during the 60’s or 70’s, when they were young, the older folks at that time must be saying the same things. Why would they say the same thing to this generation?
I know there are good things in the old songs. They’re good because they speak to their generation. Today’s songs are equally good because they speak to this generation. Tomorrow’s songs will be good because they will speak to the generation to come. At the same time that we learn from the past, I believe we must have this attitude that “the best is yet to come” in order to have the correct outlook and attitude to improve the future.
It’s fashionable for some Christians to say that the Bible says this world is getting more and more evil as we step closer to the end of the world and Christ’s second coming. But that should provide more motivation for us to be better witness for Christ in this present age and to equip ourselves even more for the future age to come. It’s also motivation for us to understand the present age at all times and be ready to have a message to speak to the relevancy of this generation.
Recently Dickson at our church gave a talk on “Christian Parenting in the Post-Christian Society” (by the way, if you want the audio recording of that, please let me know). It was a great seminar because he helped us understand the postmodern mind and how we minister to the younger generation in their context. He concluded the workshop, saying, “we should stop treating our children as the next generation; we need to treat them as the current generation.” I heartily agree and believe in that.