Generation Alpha (2013-2025)
Generation Z (1995-2012)
Generation Y (1980-1994)
Generation X (1965-1979)
Baby Boomers (1946-1964)
The Silent Generation (1925-1945)
Source: Career Planner.com
Most of us are familiar with these terms that have been applied to previous generations, including the current one. I wish to recognize the generation born between 1900-1924. It has been dubbed The Greatest Generation. The identifying characteristics are they grew up during the Great Depression, fought in WWII, and were the parents of the Baby Boomers. Why are they called the Greatest Generation?
The former anchor of NBC News, Tom Brokaw, is credited with coining the term with his book that pays homage to this generation, that included his parents. The Greatest Generation by Brokaw, Tom
As I witness the fractious divisions within our nation, I find myself longing for the days when this country was united in a common cause. Forged in the despair of the depression, hardened by the sacrifice of fighting for our freedom, this generation rightfully deserves its title.
Each generation has faced unique challenges but this generation alpha is the first since the Greatest Generation, to face a worldwide crisis. Like WWII, will the COVID-19 Pandemic produce a generation that is united to make this nation and world a better place? It is too early to say but it is my sincere desire that this would happen.
I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.
1 Corinthians 1:10 (NLT)
Existential threats like a world war or a pandemic can profoundly shape our outlook and lead to actions that have generational consequences. The Church has faced these same challenges since Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven forty days after His Resurrection. Good people can agree to disagree but all Christian believers should be focused upon harmony and unity with one other and the world.
Will we have another Greatest Generation?
Only time will tell. Christian believers can lead the way for this new generation by remaining united in the common cause of serving our Lord Jesus Christ.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.