Each Generation Must Discover Its' Mission
The very recent death of Queen Elizabeth and the immediate accession to the throne of her son King Charles, has captured the attention of the global community, with both electronic and print media following every move of the smooth transition from one generation to the next within the monarchy. So apparent has the late queen’s impact and influence been throughout her reign, that commentators refer to her passing as the end of the Elizabethan era and the media’s attention is turning to speculating how the new king’s impact will be in the years of his reign.
The late French psychiatrist and political philosopher Frantz Fanon is quoted as saying: “Each generation must discover its mission, fulfill it or betray it…” Despite the fact that he wrote this against the background of a very different context and for very different reasons and, while it is to be seen how the two monarchs representing two different generations will be remembered for the way they approached their mission, I couldn’t help being affected by the challenge these words carry, as I apply it to the cause of Jesus Christ for which you and I are called.
These eleven words are charged with meaning and it is worth taking a moment to let the challenge sink in.
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