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Why We Need Christ Now More Than Ever

A recent Pew research survey concluded that more Millennials are losing faith in God. Millennials are those born between approximately 1980 and 2000. Yes, PI ladies–many of you are Millennials.

About 68 percent of Millennials say they never doubt the existence of God, a decline of 15 points since 2007, while the number of older Americans with a firm belief in God remains stable. Millennials are defined by Pew as those young Americans born in 1981 or later (The Huffington Post).

So why are so many young men and women denying or doubting the existence of God?

Is it because God has been removed from all parts of public life, beginning with public schools? There was a time when children had to pray in school, Christmas was celebrated and God could be mentioned without chastisement. I know, I know. It’s because of the separation of church and state, and political correctness and the expectation to be inclusive. I know.

I’m not going to discuss the politics related to the removal of God in public or government locations. And I’m not going to give my personal opinion regarding it. However, I do wonder whether creating an un-Godly society has resulted in a fall in faith.

Kids spend more time at school, where God is missing, than at home. So even if they live in a faithful home, they’re likely to be influenced by those they spend more time with, such as their teachers and their friends. This may be a generalization, but it would certainly explain the transition.

Another reason could be that the media has a tendency to make Christians look bad or ridiculous. Shows like GCB–which was finally taken off the air–depict Christians as hypocrites. And any Christian celebrity or athlete who proudly and genuinely stands up for God is ridiculed. For example, Tim Tebow was made fun of on a regular basis for praising God.

Possibly, young Millennials are not exposed to God enough or see Christianity as ridiculous, and so they choose to reject it.

Whatever the reason, it seems to me that young people are heading in the wrong direction. Bad behavior is rampant in schools. And we are constantly witness to bullying, fighting, self-harm, depression, suicide and hatred.

Society itself is immersed in disrespect and immorality. Just recently, a poor elderly monitor was severely disrespected and verbally abused by four middle school boys on a school bus. Would they have behaved in this way if God had been more present in their lives?

Where is the respect for our elders? Where is the compassion for peers? Where is the desire to live a life of modesty, morality and integrity as is instructed by Christian teaching?

Christ expects a lot of us. His lessons are written in the Bible. He listed out His expectations clearly in the 10 Commandments.

I believe that if God were more present in the everyday lives of Millennials–in their schools and in their workplaces–they would have more faith. Unfortunately, that’s not likely to happen. And my fear is that more and more young people will deny our Lord Jesus Christ as generation after generation loses faith.

This is why we need Christ now more than ever.

Ladies, why do you think more Millennials are losing faith in God?

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  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by NatalieNoel13 on December 23, 2012 at 18:06

    Public schools have a big part. I was in one for two years and it was horrible. I wasn’t saved, I was scared for my soul, and being dragged away quickly. And that was only fourth and fifth grade! I’m extremely blessed because now I’m in a small Christian school, where the adults set examples and show their love for God.

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by Skye on December 22, 2012 at 15:03

    I strongly agree after growing up with a lets say pagen mother I know how astray you can go without god.I use to be a outspoken disrespectful provocative atheist all because the lack of God in my home in public and in the media.I would have never became Christian if it wasn’t for my husband showing me the way of Christ.I learned a lot of things I never knew about god and my stereotype of Christians being hypocritical and evil turned to these are the most loving people in the world.All because God sent a special Christian man in my life.I was born in 1994 so Im a Millennials.

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by Skye on December 22, 2012 at 15:02

    I strongly agree after growing up with a lets say pages Wiccan mother I know how astray you can go without god.I use to be a outspoken disrespectful provocative atheist all because the lack of God in my home in public and in the media.I would have never became Christian if it wasn’t for my husband showing me the way of Christ.I learned a lot of things I never knew about god and my stereotype of Christians being hypocritical and evil turned to these are the most loving people in the world.All because God sent a special Christian man in my life.I was born in 1994 so Im a Millennials.

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by cowgirl96 on October 16, 2012 at 19:29

    because they think that it will be a life fool of rules and no fun.

  5. kath660

    Posted by kath660 on October 15, 2012 at 21:09

    I think one important reason less people are becoming Christians is because we as a theology are not keeping up with the culture. All the answers to the hard questions are no longer sufficient for most millennials. Questions such as “why isn’t god answering my prayers?” “Is Jesus really the only way to God?” We need to figure out how to give people satisfying answers. I also completely agree with what is stated in the article, though.

  6. Project Inspired

    Posted by hugsnkisses0706 on August 6, 2012 at 17:45

    I TOTALLY AGEREE WITH THIS! its probably because religions like catholicism and other strict churches make it more of a religion than faith and so people get sick of it ( having been forced to go to church when younger) and rebel when they get older.. my mom was a catholic when she was young and now shes secular… it could be the devil taking over the world … or the apocalypse… idk..

  7. Emi

    Posted by Emi on July 14, 2012 at 19:50

    I completely agree with you, a hundred percent! Sometimes I do acutally think about why so many young people, or in other words, Millennials, seem to deny or doubt God. I definely think the schools and media have a huge impact on younger people and sometimes the older people too. We do need Christ! Everday, every moment, and every second.

  8. Paris

    Posted by Paris on July 14, 2012 at 17:59

    I agree with everything,Mrs.Gaouette!Very well written.

  9. Project Inspired

    Posted by Christ4life on July 14, 2012 at 15:46

    Oh it will get worse, the bible says that more people will fall away from faith, i live in europe and specifically in a country where most of the population does not believe in God, it used to be a christian country, anyway, thats why the bible says that we as christians need to stay strong! And not be ashamed of our faith so that people will see that jesus is the way, humans are trying to push god out of His own creation but ofcourse that cant happen, thats why dont see many miracles anymore because people lost faith, thats why the bible says a man is always ought to pray and nobody prays anymore and thats why we cant see god in people’s lives, god gave us dominion over all the earth if we want His help someone needs to stand up and pray for it, He cant do nothing through faith.

  10. Project Inspired

    Posted by Ambrosey on July 14, 2012 at 06:28

    Let’s not just look at this generation and say, “How sad.” Let’s do something about it! Don’t just stand to the sidelines; get in the game! We CAN make a difference! Seek the Kingdom of God first and love God. Pray constantly.

  11. Project Inspired

    Posted by Runn2Him on July 13, 2012 at 20:14

    But also this is a reason why we should pray for millenialls.

  12. Project Inspired

    Posted by Runn2Him on July 13, 2012 at 20:14

    I agree. I do think the education has something to do with it. When I graduate in a couple of years hopefully I can go to a Christian college after doing thorough review of it. Because after being educated in a secular enviorment for 13 years I think I would be ready to go to a Christian college.

  13. ruthie27064Him

    Posted by ruthie27064Him on July 12, 2012 at 17:14

    For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
    Ephesians 6:12

    We fight the rulers of this world. It’s a war. And in my personal experience, public school is one of their biggest tools. I have seen so many upstanding and good kids become corrupt because of their middle schools, their high schools. And our biggest weapon is prayer. Pray for our government, pray for our fellow believers, our pastors, our parents, the people you know, and the people you don’t know. Pray for the believers who are in the social lime light, and for those who are not. For our missionaries, and our fellow church-goers, our brothers and sisters in Christ. Our families, our teachers, our classmates. The guy at the grocery store. Pray, pray, pray, pray.

    A friend of mine said once that “our generation has it the hardest than any of the generations before us.” I don’t know if this is true or not, but it does make you think.

    And Praise the Lord this world is not our home! Praise the Lord, He is in control!

  14. Project Inspired

    Posted by Lydianag81 on July 12, 2012 at 09:43

    Thank you for this article sister T.M. (Present Team Uth Leader)

  15. Project Inspired

    Posted by TheMouseLover on July 12, 2012 at 07:29

    I am SO lucky that i go to a catholic school! we pray at the beginning of the day, before and after lunch, and at the end of the day. We have religion class every day, an optional bible study elective, in art class we make many religious pictures, we have an all school mass every week! The whole school is generally centered around God! But still, some of the people in my class dont make the best decisions, they swear, take the Lord’s name in vein, they judge people,complain about our school uniforms (which really arent that bad), and although they participate in religion class, you can tell that they are bored. I wish that they all knew how much of a blessing our school is. This year i am moving up from the catholic elementery/middle school to the Catholic high school! yay!! I’m just hoping that thing will be different…

  16. sisterwhocares

    Posted by sisterwhocares on July 11, 2012 at 21:17

    This is truly very sad news. I think our culture, however, may soon go through a revival, and the Christian faith shall rise once again. Let us pray for our generation and hope that this revival fueled by faith with have long-lasting impact.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by Alexandra Lyn on August 6, 2012 at 20:45

      Yes! Let us pray that everyone will be brainwashed once again and never ask questions! Our faith shall rise again and we will rule the world and force everybody to wear tents as clothing and never bend over to pick a book up!

      Faith should be a personal thing. Be happy that you have been saved and let others do as they wish. Because guess what! You’re not going to hell for wearing a tank top. Christianity is not the ONLY right path, other religions are right too.

  17. Project Inspired

    Posted by TKDgirl on July 11, 2012 at 19:18

    This is terribly depressing, no matter what the cause is. I believe all those who believe in the Lord should take a stand in Him, and share their faith to those who don’t believe.

  18. Project Inspired

    Posted by Lilliterra on July 11, 2012 at 16:11

    You’re so right. When I was little I was so sheltered. I was constantly told that I ought to share my faith with people who didn’t know the gospel, but I used to wonder if I would ever even meet someone who hadn’t already been told.
    Attending Youth Group at our church at the age of 12 was a bit shocking for me, just hearing the questions that people would ask that I assumed everyone knew the answers to. (“Can you be, like, so evil that God can’t save you?”) It was just a bit of a wake-up call.

  19. texasgirl

    Posted by texasgirl on July 11, 2012 at 14:33

    Because Nobody ever talks about God anymore. And the conversation always gets awkward when people mention Him. I went to the mall and saw tons of scantily clad mannequins. I went there to spread the Gospel with my friends. We went up to people and gave them a bracelet and a card with bible verses and our church’s website on it. We talked to them about their beliefs and if they would like to come to youth group. And the answers! Oh, wow, everyone seemed to go to church but no one said they believed in Jesus! (well, almost no one) and those who said the did didn’t look like Christians at all. Short shorts, low tops… I saw one girl with a lace shirt on and ONLY HER BRA underneath.

  20. Project Inspired

    Posted by surfergirl777 on July 11, 2012 at 14:23

    School should totally relax on homework too. I come home after practice at 4 or 5 and then have no family time or relax time because i have to get right to homework! Even on the weekends with Bible study and small groups i usually have to do a boatloads of homework before i can even participate. Its not just me either! Even this summer our whole 10th grade honors class and i think cp have to read “Brave New World” which is a very corrupt and immoral book. It talks about the future and rape and sexual sin and its just bad. I have to read this over MY summer when I can relax and spend time with my family but noooo we have to read a devilish book! Ugg

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by dana13se on July 12, 2012 at 18:55

      I read that book. It made me uncomfortable, but at least the author wrote it to make a point about societal problems, rather than simply for amusement.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by BabyDoll on July 12, 2012 at 09:04

      Uuuuggggh, surfergirl777, i have to read that book this summer…stupid AP english 11…thanks for the heads up…

  21. brennaeskyler2

    Posted by brennaeskyler2 on July 11, 2012 at 13:35

    I agree that God has been take out of schools and that partial to the cause of kids losing their faith. Also, I believe God has been taken out of most families. A century ago, families would sit together and read the Bible. Now, most families have a single parent or the parents are divorced! Today, My sister told me she found on FoxNews.com that a pastor was put in jail because he had a Bible study in his home! What America is turning into is sad!

  22. Project Inspired

    Posted by JuicyWolf on July 11, 2012 at 13:22

    I find it really sad that so many teens my age don’t believe in him. Even some of the kids I went to church with growing up don’t go any more since their parents stopped making them. I got confirmed this year and found it really sad at one of our lessons when the teacher asked us how many of us were honestly doing this because we wanted to and I was one of two people who raised their hands (there would have been three, but my friend was out sick that day). The rest said they were only doing it because their parents were forcing them to. 🙁

  23. Project Inspired

    Posted by kcervantes on July 11, 2012 at 12:37

    I think Millennials are losing faith in God because our society has become so liberal. “Coexist” is a common phrase that I have seen on bumper stickers, tattoos, and even graffitied onto bridges. While we should respect others, even when their beliefs and values are different from ours, we should not sit back and watch our peers continue down a path that will, in the end, lead to destruction. One of the most important things we need to do is WITNESS girls. Ask God for the courage to do so. I am praying for so many of my lost friends right now. Its so important. God bless you girls.

  24. Project Inspired

    Posted by Becca Lucy on July 11, 2012 at 11:35

    I think that as you said Millennials are losing faith in God because for most of us being a Christian is harder than just going with the flow. To be a Christian at school, (an active one at least) and share God’s love and word means that you are set apart from everyone else and are subject to being ridiculed or bullied. You also don’t have any support from the teachers because they are restricted (to some degree) by the state. (Some of them just don’t care.) These teachers can talk about Islam and Judaism in Social Studies all day long, but they rush through Christianity because of their restraints.
    Now, I’ve been raised as to set myself apart from people,be a leader, and live for God no matter what and I will tell you, it takes strength and courage. But in the end it is all worth it. Matthew 10:32-33 says “What about someone who says in front of others that he knows me? I will also say in front of my Father, who is in Heaven, that I know him. But what about someone who says in front of others that he doesn’t know me? I will say in front of my Father, who is in Heaven that I don’t know him.”

  25. Project Inspired

    Posted by LoveConquersAll on July 11, 2012 at 10:36

    I find it incredibly sad. Honestly Ive always struggled with wanting to live in a past generation or time period and this makes me soo sad I just pray (and hope you will too) that someday in my life time God will regain at least the importance and respect he used to have in past generations, if not more.

  26. cococookies

    Posted by cococookies on July 11, 2012 at 10:23

    i think that you are totally right about this. The society that we live in makes fun of the people in our generation who are not afraid of being a Christian. More and more of us young Christians start to loose faith, i think, because they don’t see any place where the idea of Christianity is exalted and accepted outside of church or their home. The insecurity and the worry of being made fun of and standing out in a crowd full of peers may make them want to act like everyone else and not profess their faith in Jesus Christ.

  27. centrilove

    Posted by centrilove on July 11, 2012 at 10:09

    This is a time where we need Christ now more than ever. I’m only 17 and if it wasn’t for my faith, I don’t know where I would be. Everywhere you turn there are bad influences just trying to lure you in and tear down your faith and make you apart of this world. There is no other way around it; you have to be a strong, faithful Christian in these times.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by Ambrosey on July 14, 2012 at 06:24

      You’re right! “If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.” (Isaiah 7:9) Faith must be made strong; we must work and REST in Jesus to become mature in our faith. A weak faith makes us more vulnerable to falling and becoming a victim of Satan’s lies and schemes. He is already defeated, but he is still in this world, a “prowling lion”, looking for prey. However, Jesus promises that He will help us! Only ask Him!

  28. Project Inspired

    Posted by Monica on July 11, 2012 at 07:36

    (Part 2) I also read a what happens when you die article on Huffington Post, and I was reading the comments for people’s personal Near Death Experiences. I enjoyed reading the experiences, but many atheists condemned that it is all a fantasy, and it never happened.
    The sad thing is I go to a Catholic school and many of the students are atheists. And then they disrespect your faith sometimes. I thank God that I choose my friends wisely, and they are Christ-loving people, and really nice.
    Lastly, my priest told me once that there is no such thing as an atheist, or that you can’t be an atheist, because everyone in the world has a sense of God. If you say “God” to anyway, they automatically think of a picture in their head of a Higher Being of some sort. He said atheists just aren’t trying to find Jesus. That they just gave up, and said “there is no God.”

  29. katie74340

    Posted by katie74340 on July 11, 2012 at 07:35

    I have a firm belief in Jesus. I have told my friends at school constantly about his wonderful miracles, but they refuse to listen or even care. Half my friends say that the do not believe in God and are not active church going people. The other half of my friends say that they go to church only because their parents make them. I am sad that a lot of my friends do not want to accept the wonderful God. My one friend is a strong believer in Christ, she goes to church, and is only allowed to listen to CCM music, like me. I also have confirmation classes at my church and they are firm believers in Christ, but some of them do not go to my school. I love Christ and have been raised and have raised myself to believe in him.

  30. Project Inspired

    Posted by Monica on July 11, 2012 at 07:30

    (Part 1)I agree. I like to read the comments on Youtube (especially the Skillet comments) and people are arguing about religion. Skillet is a Christian band! It’s fine if an atheist listens and interprets the song as he/she likes, but it’s NOT okay if you say there is NO GOD. I mean we are supposed to love atheists, but many can be disrespectful sometimes.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by on January 12, 2013 at 16:32

      I disagree, I believe that they are entitled to their opinion, (which is right, you stupid Christians). God is stupid. You are stupid.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by Alexandra Lyn on August 6, 2012 at 20:38

      Maybe they think you’re being disrespectful by saying there IS a god. In my opinion, religion is a personal thing. It’s ok to believe what you believe but do it in the privacy of your own home. I’ve found that the “Christians” who are most vocal about their faith are the ones I like least. Not BECAUSE they are vocal, it just happens to be a common factor. Take Chik-Fil-A for example. They’re very vocal about the fact that they’re Christian and they put so much energy and money towards Anti-Gay supporters. Then there’s Auntie Annes Pretzel company; a Christian company that donates hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to children’s cancer research.

      • kath660

        Posted by kath660 on October 15, 2012 at 21:14

        agreed. it is better to show the change God made in you by doing something no one else can do without Him than to yell at people all day on the sidewalk. actions do speak louder than words, you know.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by BeStillAndBreath98 on July 11, 2012 at 09:43

      I agree Monica 100%. I was listening to Christian song on Youtube and I looked at the comments and some people are very disrespectful when they were talking about God. They say the most awful things about Him and it’s kinda painful to read..

      • Project Inspired

        Posted by Lilliterra on July 11, 2012 at 15:54

        Youtube comments are not usually a very nice place anyway.

      • Nellie

        Posted by Nellie on July 11, 2012 at 12:43

        Yeah i know what you mean i see all those too! it makes me upset, because really, if they don’t like the message of that video, why would they look it up and then comment on it!?