“THE GREATEST GENERATION”

“REMEMBER THE DAYS OF OLD; CONSIDER THE GENERATION OF LONG PAST. ASK YOUR FATHER AND HE WILL TELL YOU, YOUR ELDERS, AND THEY WILL EXPLAIN TO YOU.” DEUTERONOMY 32:7 NIV

READ DEUTERONOMY CHAPTER 32 AND JEREMIAH 6:6-15.

TOM BROKAW COINED THE PHRASE “THE GREATEST GENERATION”. HE WROTE OF A GENERATION THAT LIVED THROUGH YEARS OF THE GREAT DEPRESSION WHO WERE THEN STRADDLED WITH FIGHTING WORLD WAR II AND REUNITED TO BUILT A LEGACY. FAMILIES WERE TORN APART OVER THE LONG WAR WITH LITTLE COMMUNICATION. WHILE SOLDIERS FOUGHT THOUSANDS OF MILES AWAY IN EUROPE AND THE PACIFIC, FAMILIES SUFFERED THROUGH RATIONING AT HOME IN SUPPORT OF THE WAR EFFORT. MR. BROKAW WROTE IN HIS BOOK THAT THIS WAS THE GREATEST GENERATION OF ANY SOCIETY. THIS WAS THE GENERATION THAT DID WHAT THEY DID BECAUSE “IT WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO”.

SINCE THAT TIME, WE HAVE SEEN GENERATIONS DEVELOPING WITHOUT THAT SINCERE APPRECIATION OF ‘IT WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO’. WE NOW SEE PEOPLE LOOKING THE OTHER WAY WHEN SOMEONE IS COMMITTING A CRIME OR IS NOT DOING THE RIGHT THING. WE SEE OURSELVES MUCH MORE SELFISH. OUR DESIRES ARE FOR ‘WHAT WE CAN GET’ RATHER THAN ‘WHAT WE CAN GIVE’. ARE YOU A TAKER OR A GIVER?

NOT SO SILENT GROUPS ARE VOCAL AND HAVE TAKEN TO THE STREETS IN SUPPORT OF ISSUES WHICH GOD HAS WARNED US. BIBLE BELIEVERS ARE BEING RIDICULED AND CONDEMNED WHILE THOSE WHO CLEARLY VIOLATE GOD’S LAWS ARE CLAIMING THEIR ‘RIGHTS’ ARE BEING CHALLENGED. THE SOCIETIES OF OUR WORLD ARE RAPIDLY ACCEPTING A TEACHING OF ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING IS OK.

GOD’S PROPHETS OF OLD WARNED OF US OF THESE TIMES. IN JEREMIAH 6:10 WE ARE TOLD: “TO WHOM CAN I SPEAK AND GIVE WARNING? WHO WILL LISTEN TO ME? THEIR EARS ARE CLOSED SO THEY CANNOT HEAR. THE WORD OF THE LORD IS OFFENSIVE TO THEM; THEY FIND NO PLEASURE IN IT.”

ARE WE STILL NOT LISTENING? FROM THE FIRST STORIES OF CAIN AND ABLE DESCRIBING GREED AND MURDER, TO THE CAPTIVE STORIES OF JOSEPH BEING TORTURED AND CONDEMNED BY HIS BROTHERS TO THE MASSES CONDEMNING CHRIST FOR HEALING ON THE SABBATH, GOD’S WORD IS THERE TO TEACH AND PREPARE US. GOD ALLOWED HIS CHOSEN PEOPLE TO BE THE VICTIMS OF INVASIVE ARMIES. HIS PEOPLE WERE DIVIDED AND SENT INTO DIFFERENT COUNTRIES BECAUSE THEY WERE NOT FAITHFUL TO GOD.

ARE WE AS A COUNTRY OR AS A WORLD ANY DIFFERENT THAN GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE OF THOUSANDS OF YEARS AGO? WHY DO WE OFTEN FEEL WE DESERVE WHAT IS NOT TRULY OURS? ARE WE FORGETTING GOD’S WRATH IS REAL? TIME AND TIME AGAIN GOD WARNS US BY EXAMPLE. HIS VENGEANCE IS DESCRIBED WITH HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF YEARS SOMETIMES BETWEEN SCRIPTURE REFERENCES OF GOD CONDEMNING HIS PEOPLE. YET, IN TIME HIS VENGEANCE RETURNS ON HIS UNFAITHFUL.

THE FIRE AND BRIMSTONE PREACHING OF OUR ELDERS HAS BEEN REPLACED WITH POPULAR MINISTERS CLAIMING ALL THE RICHES OF THIS WORLD ARE HERE FOR THE TAKING. GOD IS A LOVING GOD. GOD IS A GENEROUS GOD KNOWING WHAT IS BEST FOR US. GOD IS A FORGIVING GOD. AS WE WERE REMINDED IN LAST “SUNDAY’S SERMON”, GOD IS ALSO A JEALOUS GOD WHO CAN BRING WRATH UPON HIS PEOPLE FOR UNFAITHFULNESS.

GOD NEVER PROMISED FAME AND WEALTH. GOD’S WORD TEACHES US OF HARD WORK FOR FAIR WAGES. HIS SCRIPTURES PROCLAIM THE MERITS OF LOVE AND FAITHFULNESS, NOT LUXURY FOR ALL. GOD USES HIS BIBLE TO EDUCATE AND WARN US.

YET, WITH ALL WE HAVE BEEN TAUGHT, ARE WE NOT LIKE THE PEOPLE OF OLD WHO REFUSED TO FOLLOW THE TRUE WORD OF GOD, PREFERRING INSTEAD TO FOLLOW OUR OWN WATERED DOWN ‘RELIGION’?

PERHAPS MR. BROKAW’S “THE GREATEST GENERATION” WAS PROVIDED AS A CURRENT INSIGHTFUL LESSON FROM GOD OF “THE RIGHT THING TO DO”.