Today I went to a 12 step meeting and made an interesting observation. There were about 15 people in the room and 2 or 3 of the guys are old enough to be my grandparents. That’s not the interesting part, but what is, is that I think most of the people, including myself, look up to those men. It is assumed that they have more experience, wisdom, and more value in how they think and act than the rest of us.
Hmmmm… big deal.
I think what makes this so interesting is that I don’t think this about all old people. In fact in most church settings I have come to believe the exact opposite. When I see an old person, in a church setting, I almost automatically assume that they are obsolete in their tactics and understanding of this world and how to operate in it.
This is a tragedy. Why do I think this? Why does most of my generation think this?
In many of the churches I grew up in, the elders were the gatekeepers of legalism. Their role was to preserve the past and they were not looked to for wisdom of the future.
Anyone else experience this? How have we got here and how can we make sure that when we are old, our wisdom and maturity is focused on the future? Is it possible?