Thursday, April 21, 2016

"The Lost Generation"

According to a recent Religious Landscape Study , millennials (those born between 1981-1996) are much less likely than older Americans to:

  • pray
  • attend church
  • or consider religion an important part of their lives.
Why? In short, (according to the study), their Baby Boomer parents.

Michael Hout, a professor of sociology at NYU, has spent years studying generational and religious changes in the United States.

Hout contends Baby Boomer parenting-styles were at odds with organizations, like churches, that have a long tradition of official teaching and obedience, having rejected the idea that a "good kid is an obedient kid."

In other words, Boomers raised their children to "find their own moral compass", and as a result, says Hout, their kids are more likely to have a "do-it-yourself" attitude toward religion.

According to what may be the largest study ever conducted on changes in American's religious involvement, researchers led by San Diego State University found that millennials are the least religious generation  of the last six decades, and possibly in the nation's history.

How long does it take to lose a culture, from a Christian perspective? Only one generation.

A wise man once said: "Over and over again in Scripture, God instructs His people to make sure they train up the next generation. After Joshua and all the first generation of parents who entered the Promised Land died, the next generation served false gods! It only took one generation to lose the spiritual legacy that should have been passed on. What happened?" -- Ken Ham, Answers in Genesis

"But when the Son of Man returns, how many will He find on the earth who have faith?" -Luke 18:8

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