Generation 0 – or what I prefer to call Generation Coddled Whiners– feels like the President isn’t paying them enough attention. Poor things. I suppose they’d feel better if he held their hand and walked them to the video arcade every day or made their beds each morning and got their breakfast for them… poor things. It’s tough being a college kid these days… and even tougher to come to the truly shocking and horrible realization that the world doesn’t revolve around you.
Two years ago, the University of Miami could not get enough Barack Obama. The campaign rally he held here felt like a rock concert, his face appeared on T-shirts all over campus, and pro-Obama volunteers registered 2,000 new voters. … Meetings of the College Democrats that attracted 200 people in 2008 now pull in a dozen. New voter registration is way down, too, and free posters of President Obama — once “the Michael Jordan” of politics, as one freshman put it — are now refused by students. “It’s not the fad anymore,” said Jessica Kirsner, 21, a junior from Houston and vice president of the College Democrats. “It’s not the fad to be politically knowledgeable and active.” This was not what Generation O expected Mr. Obama won two years ago with 66 percent of the 18- to 29-year-old vote, a historic proportion. Americans under 30 also worked on campaigns at a greater rate than the general population did for the first time since 1952, or possibly even earlier, according to the National Election Studies. Now, however, former Obama volunteers nationwide say that they and their former colleagues are less involved and more ambivalent.
Aside from the fact that College kids are as fickle as college kids, the interesting thing here is that this disposition of self interest is the hallmark of the generation. ‘What’s in it for me’ is all the majority of 20-somethings care about. Service, sacrifice, involvement without expectation of reward- these concepts are virtually universally unknown.
And the Church has played its part by raising a generation on pizza parties and outings and ‘church activities’ absolutely devoid of any deeper meaning and without any focus on reaching beyond self to others. The church, you see, has contributed to the disposition of ‘Me-ness’. ‘Me Church’ has now spread to ‘Me-Politics’ and ‘Me-Society’. Or more likely, the ‘Me-ness’ of culture has crept into the Church – where it never belonged and should never feel at home.
So shame on all those Pastors and Youth leaders and congregations which facilitated selfishness by pretending that ‘Youth’ were the center of the universe and that all things must cater to them. It’s rank heresy and damnable practice and now the rotten trees planted 10 or 15 years ago in pre-teen pizza parties which replaced Sunday evening worship and Wednesday evening Bible Study and Prayer Meeting are bearing their rotten fruit.
It’s time for the Church to return to its true focus- Christ. And it’s time for service and ministry to replace self indulgence and ‘me-ianity’.