“Plague in the Bible is not a storm weathered before a return to normalcy. It’s a call to come together in new ways in order to survive, hold the powerful responsible for their unjust policies and the lies they’ve told to cover up injustice, and rebuild on foundations of love and justice.”
— Liz Theoharis
In a CNN article this week Brandon Tensley said, "Millennials may just have the opportunity to rebrand what it means to be American, as did many of their predecessors, including the "Greatest Generation," dubbed so for their sacrifices during World War II." He challenges readers to ask themselves, "What do we owe one another" in this time of all hands on deck? For younger generations he argues that "it's a lot to ask a generation already treading water to suddenly adjust to new norms. But on top of everything else, the recent coronavirus outbreak has been a massive social experiment -- prodding people to reevaluate the architecture of society, yes, but also their roles, as individuals, in it." His primary point is that this is a moment for younger generations to step up and take ownership of their country and community. It is a moment that Coronavirus presents millennials with a generational shift, where they become the owners of "what's next" rather than leaving it up to the older generations to decide for them.
Never before have the younger generations had the opportunity to play such a vital role in shaping the narrative for the world. To keep accountable those who have abused their authority. To put a spotlight on injustice. To rebuild their community and their world on a foundation of love and justice. But we must come together in order for that to happen. But in order to come together, we need to believe that our voice matters, that someone is listening, that "I can make a difference too." Only then can we look ahead and say, in the voice of President Josiah Bartlet, "what's next?"
And there is plenty of work to be done, that work takes intentionality and planning to get out of your ministerial comfort zones and try new things. Learn new skills. Improve yourself and your ministry.