Guest Post By Jaime Cortez
A Millennial’s Perspective: Everywhere I Go I Am Labeled Instead Of Loved
Have you ever heard older generations complained about Millennials? If you have, you’re not alone. The truth is, Millennials have been accused and blamed for so many things in our world. If the economy is crashing; blame Millennials. Restaurants are closing down? Blame Millennials. And the list goes on and on.
What people need to understand is that Millennials are not responsible for every tragedy that happens in our society. We are a generation that happened to be alive in an inexplicable set of circumstances (social, political, economical, etc…) and people seem to forget this. The million dollar question people in our communities and churches ask about Millennials is how can I help them? And by that they mean, how do I change them and make them like “me”? Which is counter to what Jesus taught.
How One House-party Quickly Became a Doctor Consultation
In the gospel of Matthew there’s a fascinating story about Jesus and a tax collector. If you know anything about tax collectors, they were hated and despised because they were mainly Jews working under the Roman authority. When Jesus saw Matthew, he told him, “follow me.” Matthew got up and followed him (Mat. 9:9). The story continues in Mathew’s house having a party. The guests were sinners and more tax collectors. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked the disciples, “why does your teachers eat with tax collectors and sinners [Millennials]. So Jesus replied, “those who are healthy don’t need a doctor. Sick people do.”
There is Comfort Knowing Jesus is a Savior to All
Jesus loved the tax collectors and sinners, and guess what? He loves Millennials too. We are called to love one another, just as Jesus has loved us. The church needs to learn to see beyond labels and start loving people for who they really are, a human being created in the likeness of God.
Show Appreciation for Millennial’s Interests
One practical step that church members can do to see beyond labels is to accept and love these young adults for who they are, human beings created in the likeness of God. How can you do this? Take interest in what they like and technology is one aspect they love. Ask them to facilitate a class to senior adults to help them navigate social-media, Internet, and so on. This will create an intentional ongoing relationship with other members in your church.
Love them for God died for US too!