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- They want to be respected
- They want to make a difference
- They want to be rebels
Now who do you suppose these three qualities represent? Not surprisingly they should represent most of you. Because based on a recent report on a study of generations, these three characteristics were shared by an unlikely pairing of generations — unlikely for some, but not at all surprising to us here at the Catch, because we have been talking about this for some time. These characteristics are shown to be shared by our primary audience: both Boomers and Millennials.
It’s one thing to know something intuitively and through personal observation, but it’s another to have it confirmed by other sources and even research.
We’ve known about this ever since12,000 Millennials started showing up at our website every month. Why would they come to our dinosaur of a website if there wasn’t some real connection? It’s not hard to understand now. We respect all comers; we are discipling people to make a difference in the world through grace turned outward; and we are all rebels at heart. We don’t like stereotypes. We not only want to make a difference, we want to be the difference.
This rebel heart has been with many of us since the Jesus Movement, and I don’t see it going away any time soon. Jesus busted stereotypes everywhere He went. “I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets,” He said. “No, I came to accomplish their purpose” (Matthew 5:17). Jesus did not come to abolish the law, nor did He come to make the people slaves to the law the way the Pharisees and teachers of the law did. He came to complete what the law was given to do. He came to fulfill the law’s purpose, and teach us how to do the same — to establish the law of love.
And to the teachers of the law, that looked rebellious. And because all religion, including Christianity, tends toward that which is legalistic, the true follower of Christ will always look like a rebel. Grace is reckless, radical and rebellious.
Religion is all about control. Grace is all about freedom. If you love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and your neighbor as yourself, you will be keeping the law without even trying. Follow this way of love and you will surpass the righteousness of the religious leaders of Jesus’ day. Jesus said, “Unless your righteousness is better than the righteousness of the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven” (Matthew 5:20)! How do you do that? By following the law of love. By being a rebel at heart.