The history of naming or labeling different generations is interesting to say the least. Whether you consider yourself Golden, a Baby Boomer, Generation Xer, Millennial (Gen Y), or part of Generation Z, we can all agree that birth year plays a crucial rule in your personal experience of family, society, education, the work force, and even religion.
“Generations in the United States are defined as social groups of people born around the same time who share similar cultural traits, values, and preferences.” (Matt Rosenberg)
That being said, naming generations is not an exact science. There are many different references and time frames floating around the air waves.
Therefore, I would like to propose a new name for another generation. Except this generation encompasses perhaps four or five generations all of whom own a hand held device which offers endless access to the “four corners” of the earth. This perhaps all-encompassing, and easily all-consumed, generation will be called Generation D.
We are one ginormous gener-NATION of distracted social groups who have all bought into what the iGeneration (whoever that is) is selling.
As believers in this broad social group, we have made it so easy for the devil. Scripture says the devil comes like a prowling lion, looking to steal, kill, and destroy. He’s the ultimate deceiver, destroyer, and deluder, and yet we’ve fallen prey to his most passive scheme, distraction.
I confess to be one of his victims as I sit in Bible study, thinking about writing this blog!
The dictionary defines distraction as a thing that prevents someone from giving full attention to something else or, worse yet, extreme agitation of the mind or emotions. Can I get a witness?!
When is the last time you gave someone or something, besides your device, your full attention? How many times a day do your mind and/or emotions get agitated?
If the current body of Christ wants to be a generation of believers who share similar cultural traits, values, and preferences that embody Christ, we must not only be set apart from sin and evil, we must have significant periods of time when we set ourselves apart from our devices and every form of distraction.
Remember to look people in the eye. Remember to make physical contact with those in your home at least once a day. Remember you can pray anywhere, anytime, spoken or silent. Remember to look for God throughout the day. Remember to tell yourself and someone else how much God loves us. Remember most of social media is a false teacher and a false reality. Remember the Bible is your greatest weapon against distraction, deception, and self-destruction. Remember to tell the younger generation.
Let’s not be known by our children’s children as Generation Distracted. Let’s be known as Generation Declare His Mighty Name!
Let’s become a gener-Nation for Jesus.