Only What God Says

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.

About Ed Hurst

Avid cyclist, Disabled Veteran, Bible History teacher, and wannabe writer; retired.
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6 Responses to Only What God Says

  1. feeriker says:

    Boomers refuse to relinquish control of the system.

    Not only that, they’re determined to destroy the system. If they can’t control it in perpetuity, then it must not be allowed to continue to exist.

    I’m considered to be at the tail end of the Boomer Generation (born in the early 1960s – and don’t even get me started on the question of why it is that this one “generation,” UNLIKE ANY OTHER, spans 20 whole freaking years ), but have never related to the Boomer ethos. I can’t say that I’m greatly saddened at the decline of Boomer music either. It’s been a strange phenomenon of spiritual maturity; the music I loved in my younger, less spiritually grounded years now seems shallow, solipsistic, and taxing to the ears. It’s akin to an 18-year-old’s reaction to the Fisher-Price toys he played with as a toddler.

    Too many Boomers, it seems, have not spiritually matured in their later years and are still fascinated by the Fisher-Price toys (musical, material, emotional, the whole gamut) of their youth.

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  2. Ed Hurst says:

    As I understand it, a “generation” used to mean about 20 years. After the Boomers, the rate of change came much more quickly and was far more substantial in just 10 years.

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  3. Iain says:

    What makes a boomer is how they answer the question: Do you remember the Kennedy assassination? I was 6 weeks old so, obviously I don’t remember but. It has been the insurmountable barrier between myself and Boomers. The next question is: what were you doing when the Challenger exploded? If you remember, you’re Gen X. Y2K is the event for millennials and for Zoomers, its Donald Trump. I find events in the collective memory of people works better than arbitrary dates to “define” a generation. Maybe it’s because I have two of them or perhaps it’s how I raised them but, I think the Zoomers are going to be just fine. They get to build a new civilization on the ashes of the old.

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  4. Ed Hurst says:

    I remember the Kennedy Assassination only because I was sitting in class (1st grade, IIRC) and all the teachers started lamenting visibly. We had a TV in our classroom back then, and that was all we did for the rest of the day was absorb the news about it.

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  5. Iain says:

    See, that’s what I’m talking about, it’s worn like a medal. It’s the core of Boomer identity. And, if you are a little too young to remember or not even born, “sorry, not good enough. You can’t play, eff off”. That is a fair summary of my life’s experience with Boomers, arrogant, self serving, self absorbed, self self selfity me, me me…look over here we’re better than you and while you’re at it LOOK AT ME!!!. Of course, there are boomers who are almost normal but, even those have an underlying superiority complex.

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  6. Jay DiNitto says:

    Iain – Late Gen Xer here, but I definitely remember the Challenger explosion, as it happened in 3rd grade.

    Ed – Correct about music, and I think it’s that way because thee music isn’t just notes, but it’s part of larger contexts, most emphatically the listener’s own personal context. The memories associated with a piece of music can be particularly powerful.

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