The last Boomer standing

Those of us born between 1946 and 1964 face a daunting challenge. After dominating the landscape, it is our turn to step out of the way. Our legacy is uncertain. We can be associated with civil rights, voting rights, fair housing, gender equity, environmentalism, free love, the abortion holocaust, and the epidemic of drug abuse. We gave peace a chance and fought wars we couldn’t win. Our religion and politics could be explosive. Private wealth and the national debt grew on our watch as the middle disappeared. The sing-along at the nursing home is going to change when we get there. Our music was hard, loud, and made a statement. Kumbaya.

We tried to keep the faith, baby. Did we? How will history judge our stewardship of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? How will God judge our duty to bestow his values upon future generations? We are in our mellow years. If upon reflection there are things we regret, it’s not too late. “Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, O God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your might to all who are to come” (Psalm 71:18).

And if there is such a thing as Boomer guilt, there is only one way to deal with it: “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins” (Acts 2:38).

Jason had a career as a teacher, counselor, and leader. He has written and spoken extensively on a variety of topics related to the Christian life. He has been a contributing writer for Time of Grace since 2010. He has authored Grace Moments devotions and Straight Talk Books including, Help Me, Jesus; One Day Full of Grace; and When in Doubt. Jason lives with his wife, Nancy, in Wisconsin.


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