When the class of 2000 graduated high school, generational theorists Neil Howe and William Strauss proclaimed theirs was a generation with a true capacity for greatness. They predicted this service-oriented, civic-minded, ethnically diverse and globally connected group of young people would become another hero generation, much like the “Greatest Generation” of the World War II era.
Now, that initial spark of optimism seems to have given way to a collective cultural sigh of disappointment. Society has become jaded by the newsfeed constantly bemoaning the rate of the now twenty- and thirtysomething young adults shirking their workloads, boomeranging home to live with Mom and Dad and just generally extending their adolescence well into their 20s and beyond.
This sense of dismay is especially poignant in the Church, where study after study reveals Christian kids in America are exiting the faith in droves as they enter adulthood. According to a recent study by the Pew Research Center, one in five American adults claim no religious affiliation—the highest such finding in Pew’s polling history.
But all this gloom and doom doesn’t tell the whole story. Click here to read the complete commentary.
The views and opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church. Commentary courtesy of Relevant Magazine.
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