Being a young adult is difficult in this day and age. If it isn’t difficult enough going through one of the largest sociological changes in the way we think, relate and create, and we have to cope with the fact that we will never make as much money as Snooki or The Situation. With the driving forces of social media, financial crisis and other contributing factors we are experiencing one of the greatest transitions in history and this has hit the Church very hard.
I, myself have been part of this group. Part of this is because I am highly introverted, and, after spending time each week with the relationships with my job, relaying back and forth with people in the non-profit that I am blessed to be apart of and doing my best to maintain and grow the relationships I am in, I have very little social energy left in me. Another reason is, is the fact that I am a “recovering Christian”. I have found myself bouncing around from Church to Church on and off for years. While I believe that the Church has far more good than bad in it, there is some of that bad taste in my mouth. I believe there are four reasons why people are leaving the Church these days: Relational driving forces, Substance problems, Apathy and Anger/Cynicism.
On top of all of these reasons, my generation has a growing disgust with Religious institution and because of this it is not developing any identity in any Religious system (Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, etc….). This is why, in my opinion, there has been a radical shift to a “not religious but spiritual” mindset in my generation.
“1. “A god exists who created and ordered the world and watches over human life on earth.” 2. “God wants people to be good, nice, and fair to each other, as taught in the Bible and by most world religions.” 3. “The central goal of life is to be happy and to feel good about oneself.” 4. “God does not need to be particularly involved in one’s life except when God is needed to resolve a problem.” 5. “Good people go to heaven when they die.” Many of these views don’t make God very interactive and do not cooperate with much of Church History.
With all of this happening, its not hard to see why the Church is losing my generation. We either give up on faith all together, we stay a Christian but aren’t a part of any form of community, or we are amongst a very rare few who are happily engaged.
Are you currently participating in a Church? Why?
Are you a Christian who doesn’t go to Church? Why?
Are you an outside to Christianity and gave up on the Church or faith because of the Church? Why?