Last week, I had a conversation with a lady I've known for years. During the conversation, she stated, "The younger generation just doesn't go to church anymore." I've had a few hours to think about her statement and here's what I've come up with.
Although the statement is a bit over-generalized, I think she's on to something. Based upon the context, I assumed what she meant was the "thirty somethings and younger", when referring to the "younger generation." I've been in churches where that group is well represented and others where the group seems non-existent.
Books that have gained popularity the last few years include titles such as I Love Jesus But Hate the Church, Reimagining Church, and every title you can imagine with the word "organic" included. These are just a few of many that point out issues with the "younger generation" having a problem with the Church or any church structure. Sometimes, there are valid concerns. Other times, it seems the writer can't be a follower. For that reason, they choose to do their own thing (house churches, church plants where they're in control, etc.).
One other thought: It seems to me that there's a greater need for the younger people to feel something (sadly, myself included from time to time). In other words, after attending a church, I've heard friends say, "Wow! Was that awesome or what?" They're referring to a particular song, a dynamic speaker, or something else that sets their emotions "on edge." So if there's nothing to get the hair on the back of one's neck to stand up, they don't see a need to meet.
I think of the mega-church who has the popular music artist leading worship. "The worship team at my church just realeased cd number twenty-four. What does your church do for worship?"
The need for the latest fix seems to be greater and greater. "Whether it's a drama, the number one song on the charts, or a human video, I need something that mooooooves me! And if it doesn't happen, if four out of five people aren't crying by the end, did God really show up?"
So what do you think? Am I totally off-base or is there something to the warm fuzzies? Do people need to see, to touch, and to feel, to sense the power of God? Or does God show up, even if we don't entertain?
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