I have something to admit. I like watching Nickelodeon and Disney Chanel. Sometimes I say it’s because of my job and I’m keeping up with the kids in our church, but the truth is that I would probably watch a bit now and then anyway! So yesterday I tuned in to Nick for a few minutes and was amazed at what I saw.
Jennette McCurdy, one of the stars from Nickelodeon’s iCarly, has a new music video and it aired on Nick yesterday. I managed to catch it just in time and was seriously impressed. First, I was impressed because I didn’t realize that she could sing! And then I began to listen to her lyrics and was even more impressed.
Her new song, Generation Love (video below), asks the question what will future generations say about our current generation? The song (I’m not sure if she is soling responsible for the lyrics) answers that question by asking if this generation could maybe be known as the Generation Love. What struck me though is there seems to be desire for a genuine, deep, authentic love. Not a fluffy, feel-good, kind of love. But the kind that is lasting and giving.
So it got me thinking. What this song really indicates to me is that there is a genuine interest in real love. The kind of love that Jesus shows us and calls us to. It made me excited because if this is a true indication of the questions and searching that this generation has, then it means to me that we, as followers of Jesus, have an awesome opportunity to present His love!
Now I know that there is, for many, a very shallow desire for love. And some are only motivated towards acts of kindness in order to make much of themselves… But I think we have a chance to give depth to acts of love and mercy. We have the opportunity to engage in showing and talking about what true love means. We have an incredible opportunity to shape this generation- if we take it.
And how do we shape this search for a generation of love? I think a good starting place is 1 John 3:11-24
11For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. 12We should not be like Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother’s righteous. 13Do not be surprised, brothers, that the world hates you. 14We know thatwe have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death. 15Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know thatno murderer has eternal life abiding in him. 16By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. 17But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? 18Little children, let us notlove in word or talk but in deed and in truth. 19By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; 20for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. 21Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; 22andwhatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him. 23And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. 24Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us.
I think this truth in 1 John is “the old song calling our name…” I think this is how we help shape “the generation on the rise…” I think this is where we begin actually being Generation Love….
I found a picture of a mother in her bell-bottom jeans.
flowers in her hair, two fingers up for peace.
In that Polaroid she smiled, a grown up baby boomer
Maybe momma walked down the wild side, walking on the moon
What will they say about us
I’ve heard stories about my grandpa
child of the great depression
how growing up broke creates and deep and dark impression
He sits in a rocker, down at the veterans home
even when I got to visit he still rocking all alone
What will they say about us,
they call us generation lost or
generation greed or the connected generation
to a plasma screen or a generation why enough is not enough
Or maybe they’ll call us….generation love
We are children of divorce
Victims of dysfunction
We spell check of course
And gps the proper junction
We’ve gotten pretty good at
Shifting all the blame
But I think I hear an old song
Calling my new name
Not generation lost
Or generation greed
or the connected generation
to a plasma screen or a generation
or a generation why enough is not enough
Or maybe they’ll call us
Ohhhh generation love
When they open up our time capsule
a hundred years from now
Maybe they will look inside
And see we figured out
How to live for less and give ourselves away
Just maybe they’ll call us,
Just maybe they’ll call us
We are a brand new generation on the rise
We are a brand new generation on the rise
Ohhh generation love