I was born Post–Cold War, or better yet, Post–Vietnam War on the rise of mass media. Our parents were the kids who picketed or fought for it. I am a product of that "Baby-Boomers" era and evolved into the generation which was coined "Generation X." Interestingly enough, a Hungarian photographer, Robert Capa, first referred to young adults of the mid-1950s as "Generation X," but wasn’t popularized until the late 80s, taken flight by authors and musical artists like Billy Idol.
All of these things are soft science or sociologically-based, so I share them with a grain of salt. What I do share with strong conviction are the questions I have of the people I grew up with. I am now 40 years old, a bicentennial baby, and only now coming into a truer understanding of what it takes to be serious about politics and culture, the effects of media and this era I grew up in. With an Atari Joystick in hand, I was raised hearing about how we cannot trust the media, we can’t trust what our leaders are always telling us, but being so naïve and young, it never grabbed a hold. Rather, those words added up to a bit of substance over time and "stored" for another year.
There are so many options out there today. From weird and pretty fashion to being as smart as "the big bang theory," if you catch the semantics and syntax. The colors of the season change from salmon to fuscia, then from big clogs to iPhone 7s (just wait). There is omission and promises, but yet, I haven’t found any that I hold steady enough to trust or grab a hold of. We are swindled all the time by commercial ads, even if we don’t pull out our credit card.
TODAY, SOCIETY SAYS IT IS MORE IMPORTANT TO INFLICT THE RIGHTS OF A PERSON THEN TO CARE FROM THE HEART.
The courts pick the evil guy, because it’s only a reasonable doubt, and not true evidence. This era tells us that evil is good, and good is evil. Man can have who he wants, all in the name of #Love. “Do what your heart tells you.” “Trust in your heart,” they say. Make heroes of hurt souls, leading us into destruction. The lies are the leaders of movie making, and the bullies are the heroes. The shock-value speaks to our shallow hearts, and the prideful or confident is potently pretty.
There is the better and newest, there is the calming and votive. There is, “Trust me, even if I don’t do what I am saying.” There are actors endorsing puppies and facials, but nothing so true is talked about as your very soul. There are apps for this and memes for that. There are hashtags for this and phrases for that. “Whatever you do, don’t have a moment of quiet time,” these days are saying. After all, there is a white noise app for that! (I have it!) Only now, has it begun to truly mature and resonate with me. Enough! Everything we are told is just not true. I believe we are in a generation of locking into distraction and better yet, numbed.
Put your head in neutral…or Netflix.
We only want to see the shiny object in the room, and for some reason, it keeps our gaze. It yells out at us, “Are you not entertained?,” like Russell Crowe screamed in the blockbuster hit, "The Gladiator." Don’t forget to note that he yelled it as a threat to the leaders and on-lookers. There is substance to that question. This was only after he defeated his enemies for a bloody show.
We are a rising generation that is desensitized to the basic human compassion. The things that used to matter in generations before, they were morals and character, are called old-fashioned today. Our hearts of sin and preoccupation don’t stand up for each other or take the time to stop for another person’s pain anymore. We are pacified and isolated. With the politics of today, as I have followed the recent debates, I am noticing that this is the beginning of the end.
AMERICA IS ALL ABOUT, “GET WHAT YOU WANT,”BUT THAT COUPLED WITH THE MADNESS OF BEING ENTERTAINED, WE ARE LOSING OUR DESIRE TO DROP TO OUR KNEES AND PRAY.
If America obtains what it wants, it is headed towards distressed times, which we know to come true.
"I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). The Lord is our strong tower in shifting times. Leaders cannot deliver us from our own sinful hearts, only through the one true Savior, Jesus Christ. As my husband and I are praying, we are reminded of 1 Samuel 8:19-20, where the people rejected the Lord and chose their king. "Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, 'No, but we will have a king over us, that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles.'” I know this all sounds like ‘sackcloth and ashes,’ and it may come to that, but there IS hope!
Our battle is not won over by the times, the episodes, and the fads; neither by the hooks, the draws, or the popular vote.
OUR BATTLE IS WON ALONE ON OUR KNEES.
The Lord is our refuge. In Him alone are we delivered. "...This is what the LORD says to you: 'Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God's'” (2 Chronicles 20:15).
The problem is not fixing or fighting what is presented to us, shiny and all, but what is going on in our hearts of sickness and need. It’s not about how hard we fight for it, but bowing under it, and taking this desperate need to Jesus. Just like the times of Jesus, everyone believed that the One who was to save them was a captivating, strong and powerful man of show. But the Bible predicts and presents a different and immensely better man to save us. "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many" (Mark 10:45).
Kimberly Beller is a mom of 4, and the wife of Caleb Beller, the director of Calvary Chapel Bible College Europe located in Vajta, Hungary. Originally from Southern California, her passion is to encourage the hurting heart and point the prodigals back home.
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