Texts: Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Ephesians 5:15-16
Our world is splintered. Maybe it has always been that way. The history books tend to tell the stories of a splintered world. Wars, famine, disease, conflicts of all sort, including holy wars, indicate that for centuries our world has been splintered—fractured, cracked, broken. However you understand or see or determine the world’s splinteredness, in part, depends on your generation.
For the Traditionalists or Silent Generation, those born in 1945 or before, the Korean War was a significant splinter in the world you grew up in, along with the financial insecurity of the 1930s. The Baby Boomers, those born from 1946 to 1964, saw a time of optimism economically but would experience the brokenness of the world as race relations intensified and divided the nation. Generation X, the generation spanning the years 1965 to 1976, bear the splinters of several significant economic downturns and the insecurity that goes with those downturns. The Millennials or Gen Y, born 1977 to 1995, is largest generation in the U.S. workforce and yet 40% of unemployed workers are Millennials. To capture the splintered world of Millennials consider this: Millennials are “the first in modern era to have higher levels of student loan debt, poverty and unemployment, and lower levels of wealth and personal income than any other generation at the same stage of life…[They] are reporting the highest levels of clinical anxiety, stress, and depression than any other generation.” (Paul Angone, All Groan Up) We have yet to fully grasp the particulars of how the splintering world is affecting GenZ or as they are sometimes called, Centennials—those born in 1996 and later. For certain, they feel the great political splinters of a nation that seems to no longer know who it is and what it values. Our world is splintered and has been for generations.
The Bible—our sacred text—tells of a splintered world. [Read more…]