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The Seasoned Christian (Part I of II)

I was in college in the late 60’s and early 70’s. It was a very turbulent time to be alive especially in your late teens and early twenties. The Vietnam War was raging and dividing this country along political, cultural and generational lines. Many of the younger generation thought the older generation was using the young as “cannon fodder” for the war. There came to be a popular expression during this time among those in their twenties: “Do not trust anyone over the age of 30.” Explicit in this slogan was the idea that young is better than old; that being young was where the answers of life resided; and being old was to experience life at its lowest ebb. Contemporary America has practically made growing older a sin. For the last 30 years, youth has been constantly celebrated and many have tried their best to remain forever young. Most of us know someone who has desperately tried not to age. We exercise, have cosmetic surgery, take all kinds of vitamins and minerals, go to tanning salons, body salons, beauty salons, hair salons, and on and on it goes. Why? In hopes of remaining youthful looking. This is not just a cosmetic skirmish against gray hair, soft bodies, and wrinkles. There is a widespread, on-going cultural hostility against aging in general and the seasoned citizen in particular. This negative view of aging is disastrously reinforced by the media, Hollywood and advertising in general. We routinely assume that our older generations only want to be with those who are their own age, that they are resistant or disinterested in new ideas or new ways of doing things. Furthermore, modern American culture thinks sexuality and sensuality are no longer a part of older people’s lives, that illness and infirmity are typical of their age group. But thinking such as this is not found in the Holy Bible. Deuteronomy 34:7, Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died, yet his eyes were not weak nor his strength gone. Joshua 13:1, When Joshua was old and well advanced in years, and the Lord said to him, “You are very old, and there are very large areas of land to be taken over.” (With you as the leader.) Joshua 14:10 & 11 (Caleb speaking), “Now then, just as the Lord promised, He has kept me alive for forty-five years since the time He said this (a promise of land ...

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