The generation gap is a term which originated in the world and has been adopted by the church. It refers to a gap which supposedly exists between parents and children or between the older generation (Establishment) and youth. The general meaning of generation gap is the lack of communication or understanding between the two parties involved. When this definition is given, however, the immediate question that comes to mind is what is meant by the lack of communication or understanding?
The youth today say that their parents and the entire Establishment do not understand the problems they face as teenagers. They cannot discuss these problems with their parents because they are too old-fashioned and close-mind. The real problem is that they do not use God as the basis for their discussion or problems and therefore they cannot find solutions. As a result they revolt and lose all respect for authority.
I think that as Christian young people we should be able to discuss our problems with our parents. I am sure that they will be happy to try to help us.
When we discuss our problems with our parents several things should be kept in mind. On the one hand, parents should recognize the fact that we are not little children anymore and we should be allowed to express our opinions. When they tell us we may not do something we should have the right to ask why and receive and answer. On the other hand we must recognize our parents as our elders, placed in authority by God and therefore we must obey and respect them.
If this type of communication is exercised in our Christian family circles I do not think a generation gap can exist.
Originally Published in:
Vol. 30 No. 3 May 1970