First, while I am not yet 50, the half-century mark is lurking. Personally, I find myself offended by the idea that 50 = senior. Since when? What happened to 65 or even 55 as the threshold for senior citizenry?
Besides, how do they know? Is there a bouncer at the door checking AARP cards before allowing people into the service? Does that mean once I pass my fiftieth birthday I am no longer welcome at a ‘normal’ church? (Thankfully, that definitely does NOT apply at my church.)
Second, I don’t get the concept. Why segregate older people? Is it because those 49 and under have nothing to learn from the older generation? Is it that the 50-plus-ers can’t be bothered to maintain relationships with those younger than themselves? Is it a convenient way to corral the elderly and infirm so come the revolution they’ll be easier to round up for disposal?
Seriously. What gives?
Where in the Bible does it say we should not worship with anyone who doesn’t look like us? I see the part about older women teaching the younger ones (Titus 2:4). I see the part about “we are many, but in Christ we are all one body.” (Romans 12:5). But nowhere do I see where we should cut ourselves off from the rest of the family of God just because we’ve reached a certain age.
Am I missing something? What do you think about this segregated church concept? Is it ageist or a creative way to minister to an underserved population?