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The Lies of a Generation

…the devil… He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44

At Christian Unity Ministries much of the conflict we face in congregations centers around generation gaps and the very different values within those generations. It seems that our culture is moving and changing so quickly now that there are huge differences between the various (most agree, at least 4) adult generations in our culture. The two largest adult generations are Baby Boomers and Millennials. No disrespect to the Greatest Generation nor to Gen X, but Boomers and Millennials  are just so large in number, they come with their own cultural gravity force. Much has been written about both generations.

What we are seeing now in our culture is a passing of the mantle of leadership from an older generation to a younger one. That, of course, is not new. It has forever been so and it has forever been wrought with challenges. But I’m pretty certain the differences between entire generations has never been so big. So, in walking with them through conflict, we often find ourselves wading knee-deep in those differences. But here’s an interesting observation: in that work, I have also learned that they have both been lied to. Considerably. The enemy (i.e., spiritual forces of evil) has tailor-made some lies for each of these generations of Christ followers. Here are some examples…

1. Lies About Community and Church 

The lie to Boomers: You need church, but you don’t need community.

My generation largely still respected the idea of church; so much so, in fact, that we invested quite a bit of our …

The Pastor Your People Love

Tuesday Re-mix –

One thing I ask from the Lord,
this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
and to seek him in his temple.  
Psalm 27:4

gaze-upon-the-lordI think I am a pretty good supporter of my pastor…I try to do the things he asks and I try not to do things I know he would frown upon…but he is going to HATE this post.  And that makes me happy.   I have learned a great deal about “shepherding” from watching my pastor.  In fact, in my work with conflicted congregations, there have been many times when I wished young pastors could just sit with my pastor for a few days and learn the balance between humility and authority, between assertive and quiet, between empowering and disciplining.  My pastor has shaped how I see many of the difficult issues pastors face today.

I am meditating this week on the 27th Psalm, and it made me consider what kind of leader David must have been in order to say these things.  Amazing and gifted in so many ways, but at the end of the day, he just loved God and wanted to spend “all the days of his life…gazing upon the beauty of the Lord.”  Those “mighty men” of his probably followed him for lots of reasons, but surely none more compelling than this.  He was a mighty warrior, a passionate leader, a visionary King, a loyal friend, and the quintessential complicated, flawed hero…lovable for so many reasons.  But all those qualities and characteristics of David boiled down to a shepherd boy who loved God above all else…”this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of