The Undermining of Respect
“Honor (respect, obey, care for) your father and your mother, so that your days may be prolonged in the land the Lord your God gives you." Exodus 20:12. ACV.
This is applicable not only literally to one's own parents, but grandparents, and Elders in general. Honor, respect, obey, care for. It's not the other way around once the young ones are adults. Why is it that they seem to want perpetual care and freebie everything, when they ought to be stepping up to the plate of traditional respect and eventually responsibility for their elders? Or they ought to at least show respect.
Who has indoctrinated some of the young ones to think they are owed a living and a free education, yet think they can criticize those who came before them, who provided for them, only to have them turn around and bite the hand that fed them and helped them to be where they are, in many cases with a pretty nice life? Who has shown them that their parents and grandparents are "homophobic" and "racist" and "intolerant" and to blame for everything that they have been led to perceive as their troubles? How is it they buy into every scheming ideology out there, but they will not actually bother to find out where it comes from, or where it will take them, and where its promoters intend to take this whole world?
Maybe because their foundations were not what they should be. Or, frankly, they may have resisted wisdom. So they are subject to every deception being pitched in these times, whether by false religion or liberal politics or other lies. They have been somehow schooled to look not at the accomplishments of those who came before, who worked and still work hard for this country and what's right. Instead their focus has been guided (often by the public education system or pop media) to see, in a hypnotic sort of way, a group of elders not worth their respect. And this is another divisive factor in what the culture cancellers and killers are trying to destroy.
Watch out. Whether you know it or not. When someone starts grooming you with free education, a free ride in life, a paycheck... all I can say is, Welcome to the plantation - because free everything describes a slave. You will be doing someone's bidding, but not allowed your own thoughts or your own wealth. You will always be someone who does not know who he or she is, or that God created you to be who you are - an unique and creative individual. You go in the direction of what the powers that wannabe want you to be. Because there are forces out there that want the whole world to be just that with themselves as your owner. Everything will be “free”. Except you.
The ideologues incite with accusations of the racism, the phobias, the intolerance by repeating over and over that this is the way the older folks are - and cause YOU to believe it and to disrespect anyone you think falls into that category.
But that kind of hatred is OK, right? It's OK for you to hate your elders. Why is your hatred any better than that of which you accuse others? Did you ever think about that? Maybe you are "elderphobes"?
Stop buying into the divisive mindset they're trying to sell you. They take advantage of your youth, your inexperience with life, and any dysfunctions you may battle. They fight dirty and come after you when you're down, or when you're asking the questions, they will provide the wrong answers! And then cause you to go the wrong way. And they will have you hating everyone who cares about you (imperfect as you may judge them), and who could have been sought out for some sound wisdom.
This is a point of vulnerability. Your elders could be there for you. But the ideologues don't want you to go there, so they will paint a very dark picture of generations that came before you. So they make you feel unsafe and demand so called safe spaces from them! More slavery, instead of God given safety of parents and grandparents who love you, but they are conditioning you to hate. That's how it works.
So it might be a good idea to stop worrying about who "they" have convinced you that older generations hate. Most of that is not true, and they are arousing in you the formation of your own sort of intolerance. Start doing some critical thinking about what you believe. As well as why “they” want you intolerant of parents and other elders who love you.
The best guidance of all will come, by the way, when you start asking and praying to God for Wisdom, and open His word - the Bible. There you will find Jesus Christ and the fact that He died for you to save you from this present evil age and its deceptions, and how that works... And then ask your elders for some help. There are many who'd be very willing to impart some godly wisdom.
The kind of thinking about older people that's out there is just one more source of division. It is stereotyping that is regarded as politically correct by the thought police that tell us we shouldn't stereotype, but only their prejudices are acceptable. Ponder that. Some Elders may be that way, but most are not "haters" as you have been led to believe. You might want to sit down with an Elder or two and ask them why they believe as they do, if you so perceive them. Perhaps you could be the one to enlighten them before it is too late?
"Remember the days of old; consider the years long past. Ask your father, and he will tell you, your elders, and they will inform you." Deuteronomy 32:7.
“Stand in the ways and see, And ask for the old paths, where the good way is, And walk in it; Then you will find rest for your souls..." Jeremiah 6:16
If you're just a critic of older generations, and full of yourself, you will disregard this. If you are willing to take a look at it, think about it, and to reconsider your own opinions, there's hope for you.
"Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith, without doubting, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind." James 1:5,6.
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