I am part of the generation of those who have sold out “their” lives to Jesus Christ. He is alive and wants us to live as He lives, doing the things Our Heavenly Father, Creator of the Universe and Human-kind, asks us to do.
On this journey I am a husband to Vicky, and a father to Carter Samuel Curtis. Our family lives an exciting life telling others about how Jesus has changed our focus and given us freedom and great joy. Vicky and I are on staff at a large church and right now Carter is a 5th grader. We like to ride bikes, take walks, play at the beach, mess with computers, get together with friends, have long talks, study wildlife, read and listen to all kinds of music. Carter enjoys making up songs, drawing masterpieces and is a “Lego Master.”
Carter and I are fascinated with the “wild west” and get to “play” Texas Rancher a couple of times a year. Vicky is the perfect wife and does a very convincing act of liking it as she encourages our antics.
I have a passion for listening to the living Jesus as he relates the riches of His (and our) Father’s wisdom and love to all humanity. By His being born among us, His living a sinless life, His death on the cross and His resurrection into new life, which we may share with Him, He has provided all we need for an incredible journey. I hope you are excited about joining with us and making yourself known as part of “The IchthysGeneration” on the great road of abundant life!
the icththys generation
For most of my life I have heard about generational issues. In the sixties the talk was about the “generation gap.” Then I heard terms like: Builder, Boomer, X(er,) Y, and Buster. In the past few years the discussion seems to have centered around terms like “modern,” and “post-modern.” These terms refer more to differing types of thought processing modality that age specific generations but they are generations all the same. The current discussion regarding the differences between moderns and post-moderns sets the stage for our conversation and perhaps our solution all rolled into one.
Modernism and post-modernism describe “different” ways we people think, relate and do. The conversations about the different approaches point to a gulf of misunderstanding between two cultural generations. This gulf or gap has existed for as long as we are able to look back in history. The differences have expressed themselves in many forms often with violence. Left to themselves the two have the potential, ultimately, to destroy each other. The evidence of this gap is everywhere in our society around us.
Stretch your thinking a bit as I tell a tale.
Two-Thousand-years ago The Creator of the Universe and of Human-kind became one of us, was born, just like us, lived life, just like us, because of the things he said about God and love and because of what he did he was persecuted and ultimately died, just like us, but in a way no other has ever experienced. Then, unlike anyone before, this man was raised from the dead. In that moment a new generation was born. Because this man called Jesus, The Christ, was born, lived, died, and then rose again, as He did, He became the healer of the gap between us and the glue that binds us together. He ushered in a new generation, a transcendent generation.
I call this generation “the ichthysgeneration”. Ichthys is the transliteration of the Greek word for fish. Some followers of Jesus put little “fish” symbols on the rear bumper of their cars. That’s it, the ichthys. The ichthysgeneration cuts across all age groups and intellectual styles. It puts an end to the trivial differences and celebrates the essential unity of all of us in the midst of our humanity. In the ichthysgeneration there are no races, no sexes, no nations, no religions, no us, no them. We have all become one people by the unifying act implicit in the birth, death, and resurrection into a new life (a life we may all share in) of Jesus The Christ.
Our common state
All of us have sensed something mostly beyond words or even clear thinking, like a shadow at the edge of vision, or a thought on the tip of the tongue. Some of us have met Jesus and know he is alive but the church we attend or our friends have been unclear about and perhaps even rejected the raw reality of His present life, so we have not experienced Him as He would have us know Him.
In some places the Spirit and Reality of Jesus have had their existence shoved into a book as the Church Father Tertullian disdained around the year 200 AD. In these places Jesus has become an object of study and intellectual discussion and has been robbed of His Power, this Living Word has become the do-this and don’t-do-that of dead religion.
Some of us have sensed that there is something more but have rejected Jesus and Father God and this whole story. Some of us are even fighting against the story, very publicly. Some have adopted the language of evolution and Wall Street and Self Authority and are living in fear. Some have chosen one of the other gods as God and you hope you are able to do enough to earn favor. Some have decided that all of this around us is an accident and has no meaning. You have tried to explain away morality and what seem to be intrinsic human values as the evolutionary devices of survival of the fittest. Some may even have rejected the deep mystery you sense on the edge of your rationality as some kind of aberration fabricated by an ape brain grown too large to be fully occupied with the matters of mere survival.
Yet some of us know He Is Alive. He is the explanation for that shadowy sensing that is just beyond our mental grasp. You know Jesus is Alive and that the mystery is deep and meant to be lived. You know that life is much more that it seems, much more than we have been taught by our educational system and more profoundly by the very culture in which we are all immersed. You have found the source of life and He is Alive and Lives In YOU.
You have acknowledged you are part of the ichthysgeneration right now you just had never called it that before.
For the rest who have not yet seen or fully experienced God and His Christ I tell you the mystery of God is waiting for you to come and explore and live. You, all of you, all of us, are part of what has happened. It does not matter that you or we do not yet know it. You can live out the new life fully and in the present if you will only accept your membership in the ichthysgeneration and receive in to yourself what Jesus has done to heal the gap between you and your heavenly Father.
Lets walk the road of this new life together as Jesus leads us to wonderful and abundant life.
He is waiting for you!
I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written:
“The deliverer will come from Zion;
he will turn godlessness away from Jacob.
And this is my covenant with them
when I take away their sins.”
As far as the gospel is concerned, they are enemies on your account; but as far as election is concerned, they are loved on account of the patriarchs, for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable. Just as you who were at one time disobedient to God have now received mercy as a result of their disobedience, so they too have now become disobedient in order that they too may now receive mercy as a result of God’s mercy to you. For God has bound all men over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all.
Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgments,
and his paths beyond tracing out!
“Who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been his counselor?”
“Who has ever given to God,
that God should repay him?”
For from him and through him and to him are all things.
To him be the glory forever! Amen.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Romans 11:23 – 12:2 (NIV)