A blog post from “I said I don’t know” that points to how the church is failing young adults . . .
I’m writing this because I’m worried about the safety of the Church. The Church keeps scratching its head, wondering why 70% of 23-30 year-olds who were brought up in church leave. I’m going to offer a pretty candid answer, and it’s going to make some people upset, but I care about the Church too much to be quiet. We’re scared of change. We always have been. When scientists proposed that the Earth could be moving through space, church bishops condemned the teaching, citing Psalm 104:5 to say that God “set the earth on its foundations; it can never be moved.” But the scientific theory continued, and the Church still exists. I’m saying this: we cannot keep pitting the church against humanity, or progress. DON’T hear me saying that we can’t fight culture on anything. Lots of things in culture are absolutely contradictory to love and equality, and we should be battling those things. The way culture treats women, or pornography? Get AT that, church. I’ll be right there with you. But my generation, the generation that can smell bullshit, especially holy bullshit, from a mile away, will not stick around to see the church fight gay marriage against our better judgment. It’s my generation who is overwhelmingly supporting marriage equality, and Church, as a young person and as a theologian, it is not in your best interest to give them that ultimatum.
Read the whole post, which includes a video that gets to the heart of what this young adult is calling the church to pay attention to.
via An Open Letter to the Church from My Generation | “I Said I Dont Know.”–and Other Answers to Hard Questions.
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Reblogged this on Carrie's Bench and commented:
All are seeking a place to belong and share their faith. This is a great reflection on how the church is losing young adults–it is straight talk from someone with strong faith. Thank you for sharing this Sharon!
I agree that the church has a fear of change and we must overcome that. But we cant compromise scripture, no matter what. However, the church needs to be loving and respectful at the same time holding our ground. There is way to much compromise now im 25 and most of my generation wants to make the bible fit their life instead of living for God
When it comes to change, our services, music, classes etc should be open to it. But we have to make a ddistinctionbetween change and compromise.