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Topic: Dropout (05/12/11)
TITLE: Talkin’ ‘bout My Generation
By Cheryl von Drehle
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Heady days, those wereâ€¦and steamy nights. We were so sure of ourselves back thenâ€¦all the way back to the garden where our first parents began the dropout process by dropping out of Godâ€™s grace. So easily. So swiftly. But cast no blameâ€¦ how routinely we embrace the same choice on our own behalf.
Paths diverged as we followed our desires, each doing what was right in our own eyes. We scattered to communes and to battlefields. We succumbed to overdoses and to rehab. We surrendered to madness and to sanity. Somewhere down the road the direction we each chose defined us forever. Some dropped into early graves; others stayed the course, now living â€śoff the grid;â€ť and still others dropped back into the mainstream. And the mainstream swiftly carried us on to new heights of prosperity and new depths in the devilâ€™s playground.
Turn on to dizzying materialism, tune into self-seeking spiritualism, drop out of responsibility to future generations.
But some stepped back into history, only to discover it converged with the present. We tripped over The Reality behind our reality. The Son of Man, who dropped out of His Fatherâ€™s eternal embrace to enter the virginâ€™s womb; who tuned in to the pain and suffering of His creation, who turned on the devil to once again throw him out of the garden.
Who beckons us now, to turn on to Him, tune in to the Truth, drop out of the lie.
And in the end, we are all dropouts in one way or another.
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