Nothing matters except this: The revelation of heart-led faith and covenant living.
Consider the implications of that commitment. Let me use an example that will touch you where you live: music. Aside from a very limited effort to test the real effects of certain kinds of music on various levels of human response — ranging from purely biological, through measurable nerve impulses, to conscious mental states — there really is no standard by which we can decide which music pieces are superior, which human musicians are better, etc. It’s all completely subjective. Music is in the ears of the listener.
If you are a Boomer, it’s highly probable that you feel like civilization itself is coming apart as current listening trends neglect music from the 1960s and 1970s. The only reason there are radio stations playing music from the Boomer generation is found in the term “Boomer” itself: It remains one of the numerically largest age groups even now. And it’s because Boomers are also one of the most materialistic generations ever seen in human history, making them the biggest spending and most economically controlling generation ever. Newer generations pay little attention to the consumer radio transmissions in the first place.
This is not an attack on musical tastes. I’m a Boomer with some degree of the same musical tastes as the rest of my generational cohort. My point is that I’m not part of the self-absorbed culture that comes with that. I’ve very consciously rejected Western Civilization as a whole, and I’ve become quite aware of the part that Boomer culture plays in the broader history of the West. I don’t evangelize Boomer cultural biases to other generations. It is most certainly not the best there ever was; it’s just familiar and comfortable for me. I’m aware of the difference.
Meanwhile, I’ve done my best in my writing to appeal to other generations. I’m quite consciously trying to develop a lore of faith and religion that transcends the boundaries of any one time and place. Wanna hear something that might scare you? Almost the entire range of mainstream religion has been hijacked by the Boomer generation, to the point that when enough Boomers die off, most mainstream Christian denominations will either die off with them, or suffer such a radical adaptation that it will be unrecognizable to Boomers.
The choking grip of Boomer self-worship has produced a fierce reaction in the succeeding generations, and rightly so. Virtually every political fracas in the world today can be blamed in part on this one underlying problem: Boomers refuse to relinquish control of the system. This is why the next decade will see such dramatic changes in the social fabric, because Boomers are already fading quickly in terms of numbers and influence. It’s a major factor in American politics.
This is why I keep making noises about passing the baton in as many ways as possible. I very much want to see younger people seize whatever parts of this Radix Fidem covenant as they can use. I blather a lot about our individual transience. While it’s not possible to codify the ancient truth of God intellectually, it is possible to present your testimony with humility about how much of it is transferable to others. I’m just a vessel, meant to wear out and be broken. What matters is only what God Himself transmits through my testimony.
I don’t back up my music collection. I do back up the critical stuff I’ve written that has proved to speak to people’s hearts. I cultivate feedback from younger people so I can assess what jumps the gap. I consciously seek out the kind of understanding and teaching that appears to reflect something eternal, something fundamental to our existence in this fallen realm. Frankly, it’s the Boomers who are most likely to reject my message in the first place.
The only thing we can truly pass to succeeding generations is the stuff God writes on our hearts.