Systemic Ageism should not exist among those who profess to be IN CHRIST
I cannot help but smile at the rampant, systemic, ageism in society as a whole and especially in social media in particular.
Why, you ask, do I smile at such an atrocity? Well, you see, believe it or not, I was young once too! And like the younger people in the USA today, I also preferred to associate with those close to my own age. At the time, however, I did not profess to be a disciple of Christ.
Oh sure, I knew the story about the man from Nazareth, because I went to church from age eight to age fourteen. It was a good story and it made me feel all warm inside. Especially around Christmas and Easter! But that was about it. I never met anyone in church who did more than attend Sunday Services and other related events.
Both during and after church, most everyone seemed just like those who did not regularly attend church. They could be nice when they wanted to and they could be not-so-nice when it suited them. Pretty much just like everyone else. I also noticed that young or old, everyone hung-out with those who had similar interests and were relatively close in age.
At the time, it all seemed quite natural. I never witnessed anyone, especially among the adults, that exemplified a behavior that was markedly different from anyone else. Everyone was pretty much the same, whether they were "church-goers" or not.
Now that I am older and have been seeking to grow in the knowledge of Christ, I am more aware of my own short-comings. This is basically because I see myself in people of all ages, and what an "eye-opening" experience and on-going lesson it has been and continues to be!
To this day, among those who profess to be followers of Christ, I still have yet to encounter someone that professes to be Christian, to exemplify a behavior that is markedly different from those who do not identify as being Christian.
HOWEVER, there is a retired missionary that still endeavors to reach and teach those seeking to "attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ." (cf. Ephesians 4:13)
While I have never met the man, between the multitude of videos I have seen of the man, and on his social media account, I see and hear a man who's heart bleeds for the sake of not only bringing others to Christ, but also (like the Apostle Paul) strives to help folks grow deeper in their faith, knowledge, and maturity.
When this man speaks, I see and hear sincerity of heart. The only gain I see him striving for is to contribute to the Kingdom of Christ and to bring glory to the Father. He is so unlike anyone I have met. He actually does more than simply profess to be in Christ. He exemplifies it in word and deed!
I have NEVER heard ANYONE speak against this man and/or his ministry. And as far as I can tell, he is not concerned with how young or old you are. If you are old enough to grasp the difference between right and wrong, he desires to share Christ with you.
I wish I could encounter more people like him. Both in person AND on social media.
If there is neither Jew nor Greek, bond nor free, male nor female because we are all one in Christ Jesus (cf. Gal 3:28), then neither should the age of our physical body matter.
When I taught middle school and high school students at church, I did not see them as being younger than me, nor I older than them. I spoke with them as I desired them to speak with me. I treated them as I desired to be treated by them. This was out of respect for one another and God's agape love. The result?
ALL OF US THRIVED AND GREW TOGETHER IN CHRIST.