I recently found three interesting articles about millennials and their relationship with the church. The first one focuses on young believers who live under Communist regimes, the second on American millennials who are backing away from God, and the third is based on a blog by a millennial who says, “Want millennials back in the pews? Stop trying to make church ‘cool’”.
While there isn’t complete agreement on who is a millennial, most would suggest they are those who were born between the early 80s and late 90s or early 2000s. That would make them young adults in their late teens to late 30s. Obviously it’s a demographic we need to be concerned about, so I’m going to highlight thoughts from each article in the next few columns.
The article from Christianity Today noted that there is a growing spiritual hunger in millennials who live where the Communist regime proved unable to deliver on its grand promises of utopian equality, and that these young people are choosing the narrow road of Christianity rather than the broad road of conformity and compromise.
After then noting that revolution is in the air around the globe, and that class struggles are driving millennials who are rightfully concerned about their future, the author contrasted the difference between changes brought about by revolution and revelation. She also warned that many young people are attracted to the ideas of historical Marxist revolutionaries, despite the philosophy’s historic tendency toward violence to achieve and maintain control.
Jesus came to bring change, and His teachings are truly revolutionary, but Christian millennials in Communist countries realize that revolution alone leads to tyranny and dehumanizes the opponent. Under revolution alone, power is merely shifted from one set of hands to another, and it’s only when revolution is empowered by Christ’s transformative power that it can produce something better.
I pray that American millennials will learn from their peers who have witnessed the failure of totalitarian socialism, and that we can set before them an accurate picture of revolutionary Christianity.
God Bless, Rick