As if we needed one more reason to be divided. On top of huge chasms in politics, conservative and liberal philosophies, racial divides, and the ever widening gulf between the haves and the have-nots, we now have a generational divide fueled by a movement started on social media and legitimized on the floor of the New Zealand Parliament as “OK boomer.”
If you’ve missed it so far, the meme “OK boomer” has become popular among young Gen Zers and millennials towards any person over 40 who says something condescending about them, or the issues that matter to them. It’s a way of saying the older generation is out of touch, close-minded, and looking down on them. It’s as if to say, “OK, you baby boomer. Go ahead and just keep thinking your backwards, irrelevant thoughts that we’re just spoiled, tech-obsessed children, when you’ve wrecked our job prospects and our planet.”
This is the last thing we need right now — more ways of dividing our culture. Here at the Catch, the story is quite different. We have been celebrating, for some time now, the similarities between boomers and millennials. We have noticed that millennials have been frequenting our site and we welcome them with open arms and open minds. As boomers, we want to learn. We believe that millennials have a lot to say to Christians in this country and to the church. We see some of the same questions we had when we were struggling with the institutional church in the ‘60s and ‘70s. We hear you and we want to learn more.
We have a millennial on our board and we meet regularly with Christian millennial leaders here in southern California. I have always been in close touch with Christian colleges in America and Canada, listening to students and learning what their issues are. Our music on Music that Matters Radio is designed to connect new music with the same spirit found in original Jesus Music because we are singing the same tune. We are working on a page for our website that will showcase the writing and the voices of millennials. We are working together, side by side, in building the kingdom of God on earth and preparing for the new frontier. The Body of Christ is multi-generational — we need each other.
Here at the Catch we reject the “OK boomer” sentiment and prefer be a place where boomers and millennials are both OK.