Stories of young “nones,” in my latest BreakPoint Worldview and You column:
Yusuf thinks some of God’s commands must be crazy. Kyle says the facts of science and evolution prove there’s no God. Melissa can’t understand what’s wrong with homosexuality. Rigoberto was raised in a religious home, but his father drank a lot, and his family was wracked with painful tragedies. Lizz thinks the most important thing is to make sure she gives meaning to this life, not the next. Miriam finds it enough to be alone with her thoughts.
They’re all young Americans, 23 to 30 years old, who shared their stories in a recent NPR report on why young people are moving away from religion.
It’s enough to bring a parent to tears.
Strikingly, though, next to the importance of their parents’ example, what seems to have most affected these six men and women was the mixed-up teaching they had received.
(Some of the young people in this article were raised as members of other religions besides Christianity, but we can learn from their experiences, too).
Raising children to remain in the faith has never been easy. There’s never been any guaranteed outcome. In today’s world, though, there’s no way around a parent’s responsibility to teach what we believe and why. That’s why I’ve initiated this new direction in blogging. It’s still getting off the ground, but in the end my hope and plan is to make it a place for parents and others to find just what you need when you need it.
In the meantime, we had all better get our examples in order, our knees on the ground in prayer, and our mindsets prepared for intense teaching in the midst of an intensely contrary culture.