What Do They Want?
You only have to look at the nearest teenager or young adult to get an answer. The basic theme throughout the younger generation today is one of disillusionment. Disillusionment with the older generations. Why? Because they see very little authenticity. While we claim to be Christians and Bible believing people, we seem to have forgotten Paul’s admonition to let your “yes” be “yes” and your “no” be “no.” In other words, he’s says for us to say what we mean and mean what we say or, in the practicle sense, “practice what you preach.”
Dishonesty, infidelity, and overall lapses in integrity are prevelant from the homes of so-called Christians to well-known clergy. We say one thing and do another, and then promptly judge those who do the same. We go to church claiming to love God and family, but we leave unaffected to a busy life with little time for each other.
All of this falsehood shuts out the presence of God and the working of the Holy Spirit both in our church services and individual lives. And without God, church and life become meaningless. Do we expect bright young adults to embrace this kind of life?
Those that are disillusioned with the church and religion want to see something real, genuine, authentic, and every other synonym in the dictionary. They desire a holistic spirituality; one that pierces every aspect of life, not just Sunday morning. They want unity and love, not divisiveness and judgement. They want freedom to seek God and experience Him in real ways, not in mechanical, orchestrated, dogmatic programs.
If they don’t get it from the established, they will look elsewhere. They are revolting. Have you noticed?