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?