A generation ago, humanity craved a sense of purpose. Christianity thrived, as churches were instrumental in providing outlets of purpose as committee leaders, Sunday School teachers, and ambassadors of missions in our communities.
Today, humanity craves a sense of peace and Christianity has yet to answer the bell.
I don’t know many people who are complaining about being bored. As a result, churches must stop taking for granted the fact that multiple weekly programs are needed “just because.” Frankly, churches accept the fact that Sundays are no longer days that are owed to the church.
I don’t know many people who are craving additional stimuli. As a result, churches must accept the fact that they no longer have the market on dynamic music, community dinners, and inspirational speaking.
Most importantly, I don’t know many people who are looking for a good debate – even our daily news has turned into an opportunity for political contentions. As a result, churches must accept that those whose attendance we crave have very little tolerance for one more argument.
Have you heard about the Millenials?
Every week, a new blog post comes out with the same title: “Why Millennials are Leaving the Church.” So, let me take a stab at answering that question:
Because millennials are human.
Any human without a historical sense of obligation to the church is not going to be inclined to hang around as long as they’re needs aren’t being met. It is not fair to expect church attendance to occur “just because.” Christendom is over.
I have caught myself spending a lot more time defining my faith in terms of that which it is not, as opposed to that which it is. This has lead to an argumentative stance that is as bad as the fundamental/conservative church that I claim to be so different than.
It is becoming more and more clear that while we are more connected as humankind, our relationships are also largely undeveloped. Thus, we must hold ourselves responsibly to be having conversations of great depth in meaning. We have little time to be arguing with idiocy.
Humanity needs both a sense of purpose and a sense of peace. Therefore, in order to drive millennials (and any other humans) back into our spaces of worship we must speak more passionately to who we are.
Like these students at James Madison University did in the presence of a homophobic “preacher.”
I believe these three things:
– The message of God’s love for humanity offers the grace, peace, and belonging that humanity (even Millennials!) desperately need.
– The majority of millennials have thoroughly rejected the tenants of the shallow, narrow-minded, homophobic church.
– The more time that we waste our voice in futile arguments with these sinful churches the more we will be tuned out and deemed irrelevant too.
We must offer up a transformative song of love in our churches that is loud enough to drown out the arguments that millennials, you, and I are tired of hearing anyway.
Do you agree? What would this look like in your church?