True followers in every generation


Okay, it was bound to happen. We heard from somebody between boomers and millennials. Actually, two somebodies. Two Gen Xers have written me feeling left out. This is good. That means there are at least two of you out there passionate about following the Lord. I’m sure I will hear from more.

It seems that I am not alone in forgetting Gen X. My research turned up the fact that CBS recently did a study on the generations and completely left them out. I dug up a few humorous comments about this since discovering I am not alone in this oversight.

“I’ll be honest, though one of the most famous songs of our generation is ‘Don’t You Forget About Me’ from the movie The Breakfast Club, we don’t really care if you forget about us. Honest.”

Or this one: “Gen X was apparently out of the building during roll call, probably too busy taking care of an elderly parent while sending an Uber to an unemployed millennial child and arguing with a post-millennial about why the WiFi is so slow.”

But this is my favorite: “As a member of Gen X, I am 100% cool with being left out of this mess.” Now that should resonate with all of us.

Of course there are Gen Xers seeking Jesus in the marketplace as intently as any boomer or millennial ever will. These generational characteristics are full of gross generalities, but they do have some truth about them and mostly indicate major trends. And there will always be exceptions.

One of those Gen Xers is none other than our MemberPartner, John Shirk, who has been a BlogTalkRadio guest talking about his unique ministry using poetry slams to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. He has made amazing inroads into the bohemian enclave in inner city Chicago. That sounds like a bona fide Jesus Freak to me.

These two Gen Xers holding forth their faith in their generation remind me of the time Elijah called out to the Lord, “I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too” (1 Kings 19:14). To which the Lord replied, “Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel — all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him” (1 Kings 19:18).

Thankfully, God has His true followers in every generation. We may not always know about them, but they are there. An important thing to remember when we discuss these generational trends — and we will.

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4 Responses to True followers in every generation

  1. Mark D Seguin says:

    Thankfully, God has His true followers in every generation. Amen!

  2. John A Fagliano says:

    I always thought the term “Generation X” sounded a bit disparaging so I never use it. Perhaps lack of use causes them to be left out. I remember how you wrote about a teen Gen Xer in the 80’s called Leah and said she might be “the new teenager in America”. Her young life was a reflection of the characters in “The Breakfast Club”. So what ever happened to them? Their kids are young millennials. Have they been good parents? If millenials are seeking truth, can we give them credit for this? I don’t have the answers, I’m just wondering. If a new Jesus movement is coming, Gen Xers will be the last to stand in the way. They might even lead the way. Jesus tends to use those who get left behind.

    • jwfisch says:

      Excellent observation, John. I think the Xers generally faded into the woodwork. They got busy with life. They probably aren’t going to lead something, but they will follow.

      • Suzan says:

        With great respect for you, John, I see it a little differently. Knowing I’m making broad generalizations… I believe Gen Xers haven’t faded into the woodwork as we got busy with our lives. We’ve been here all along, getting things done and not getting too caught up in generational identity. We are leading all the time and we’re helping grow the leaders who will follow us. We’re just sandwiched between Boomers who aren’t ready to let go of the reins and Millennials who want/deserve leadership right out of the gate. I promise you, we are leading, it just may not be as obvious or flashy as those who’ve gone before or follow us.

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