The Christian Church is obsessed with youth and getting
them into their churches to continue their particular Christian
tradition, however, unless the most vulnerable are prioritised,
the Church will implode. Indeed, it is already imploding.
The substance of Church should be love. If the elderly are
lonely, or frightened, or under nourished, or existing in cold
rooms, or suffering in any way that can be avoided, why
would God trust such a Church with the precious soul of a
young person? The same applies to the disabled.
How many churches make it a priority to ensure that
the elderly can get to Sunday worship, by organising lifts,
or even taking the ‘church’ to them, occasionally?
The truth is that if a Church loved and looked after its members and the members
loved and looked after each other, such a church would attract others.
It occurs to me that someone should start up a ‘mature citizens’ party that focuses
almost entirely upon the needs of the old and elderly. After all the ‘Green’ party
certainly made the other party’s change their agendas.
The number of ‘old’ voters must be so great as to be able to sway the balance of
power. Given the changes they have experienced and the contributions they have made
it is a mystery to me that such wisdom and investment is held in such poor regard
by so many people. I’ve heard the lip service and I’ve seen the crocodile tears,
but the fact remains that as a society we are abusing our elderly.
Indeed, the elderly are often their own worst enemy by ‘not wanting to cause any
trouble’. Then again, many elderly who are ‘doing all right thank you’ sometimes
have little sympathy for some of their less fortunate peers because of their previous
life styles or behaviour.
We all need to realise that what goes around, comes around and we all need to root
out elderly abuse.
It can be kids persecuting the elderly at night, or a nurse or care worker ignoring
an elderly persons request.
It can be their children putting careers and their own kids first, or politicians
aiming their policies at their voter base.