The Wall Street Journal published an in-depth article this week documenting the silent epidemic of isolation affecting the Baby Boomer generation. They write, “About one in 11 Americans age 50 and older lacks a spouse, partner or living child… That amounts to about eight million people in the U.S. without close kin, the main source of companionship in old age, and their share of the population is projected to grow.” According to the article, this extreme disconnectedness among some older Americans came about because of this generation’s individualism and family disintegration, with fewer lasting marriages and fewer children. The article dubbed Boomers “The Loneliest Generation.”
The stories are heartbreaking but easily understood. God made us for community, with Him and with one another. Even before the Fall, it was “not good” that any person should be alone (Genesis 2:18). From the beginning, fellow church members have called each other “brothers and sisters” and given special care for orphans and widows (James 1:27). In an irreligious culture that has left the church and forgotten God, Christ’s invitation still stands. His church can be the family for the familyless.
God, we ask that you would use us to comfort those who have become so isolated and disconnected. Open our eyes and make us aware of people in our neighborhoods who need someone to show them your love, demonstrating by our hospitality the way that God has invited us to reconciliation with Himself through Christ. By the power of the Holy Spirit, empower your church to fulfill its Gospel mission.
Dr. Robert Jeffress is a best-selling author of 25 books, a nationally and internationally syndicated TV and radio host and the senior pastor of First Baptist Dallas, one of the largest and most influential churches in America. Pathway to Victory, Dr. Jeffress’ broadcast ministry, airs daily nationwide on more than 900 radio stations and is broadcast live to 195 countries. His latest book, Choosing the Extraordinary Life: God’s 7 Secrets for Success and Significance, is available in bookstores everywhere. He is an evangelical adviser to the president of the United States, Donald J. Trump.