We hear so much today about the gaps that exist between generations. Researchers spend a lot of time, money, and energy trying to define what drives each age group – how they think and what they value – in order to understand the differences and bridge those gaps. While we, as Christians, recognize that people respond to the Gospel in a variety of ways, what I’ve experienced is that the simple message of the Gospel crosses all of those generational gaps.
Throughout the years, our worldwide team at EE has seen this in action. When children learn about Jesus, they often become so excited that they can’t wait to share it with their siblings, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and great-grandparents. And many of those children have led their family members to faith in Jesus Christ. Likewise, I have also witnessed teenagers drop what they are doing to listen as someone from my generation shares the Gospel.
I have not seen any other message do this. The Gospel is a message of hope, and people of all ages are looking for something to hope in today. It’s universal and transcends generations. Prisoners share it behind cell walls. Seniors spread it through nursing homes. The Gospel can touch the hearts of rich and poor, young and old, across nationalities and even other religions. It has that much power.