[sigh]...You could almost here it through the computer. Still another person—embarrassingly enough, probably my age or thereabouts—on Facebook, wondering "What Was Wrong With This Generation?!?!?!?"
Folks, relax. Really! People have been asking this question, I'll wager, since Eve asked Adam if Cain has "issues," sheesh.
There's nothing more Wrong With This Generation than there has been since you were a kid, since your parents were kids, since your grandparents were kids, and if you don't believe me, I've asked the late, great Mr. Paul Lynde (may the Lord welcome him into His arms) to repeat the words he mourned in the 1963 hit, "Bye Bye Birdie." I coulda uploaded a video but you know what? I want you to sing along and laugh out loud. Mr. Lynde, if you please:
Kids! I don't know what's wrong with these kids today!Ladies and gentlemen of River City—whoops, wrong musical, sorry! Anyway, folks, I've seen teens and twenty-somethings acting like jerks, sure...but not as jerky as I was at their age. More to the point, I've seen this generation act, talk, walk, pray, sing, dance, enjoy life, and love God with an enthusiasm that makes me want to...well, sing!
Kids! Who can understand anything they say?
Kids! They're disobedient, disrespectful oafs!
Noisy, crazy, dirty, lazy, loafers. (And while we're on the subject)
Kids! You can talk till your face is blue!
Kids! But they still do just what they want to do!
Why can't they be like we were, perfect in every way?
Oh what's the matter with kids today?
[now stare into the camera, or your computer, and sniffle]
Kids! I've tried to raise them the best I could. Kids. Kids!
Laughing, singing, dancing, morons! (And while we're on the subject)
Kids! They are just impossible to control!
Kids! With their awful clothes and their rock 'n roll!
Why can't they dance like we did,
What's wrong with Sammy Kaye? [uh...who's Sammy Kaye? The name sounds sorta familiar]
Oh, WHAT'S the matter with kids today?
Why can't they be like we were, perfect in every way?Because they're human beings...and God loves 'em! You love 'em too, okay? Thanks!