Finding Faith: Notice to Millenials
My own children were born between 1981 and 1986, so I believe I do understand the Millennial generation.
Strauss and Howe define the Millennials as being born between 1982 and 2004. But I just recently learned from a panel of Millennials just how diverse the Millennial generation is with respect to language especially; a generation divided by a common language.
In otherwords, there are common descriptions of the same things, or concepts, that are sometimes radically different and at times divergent.
My point is that I would like to begin a dialog with local Millennials concerning our community. A dialog of important things that will help each other andour neighbors. And yes… I have selfish reasons in the desire for this dialog that I wish to grow the church at large and the local church.
If you want the truth and have the drive to make a difference, then come to worship services and have conversations with us over coffee. I am concerned about the hopelessness amongst the Millennials.
The suicide rate for this age group is staggering. There are a number of possible causes for these deaths. I am most concerned about the personal isolation, the empty space that should have been filled by good parenting, the lack of knowledge of citizenship and the death of our rich American heritage.
American history runs concurrently with those of us who have found faith; “We the People”… a nation of people of faith.
“Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the people. For all the earth is Mine; and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. These are the words that you shall speak to the sons of Israel” — Exodus 19: 5-6
God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow (Hebrews 13:8), so this is what He expects from us; to obey His Word and keep His covenant. Is it possible for God to honor a nation whose laws include the right to kill her unborn citizens (Ezekiel 16:20f)? Or who grants special rights for Sodomites (Genesis 19:24f)? No.
But He leaves it up to us to correct ourselves to repeal such immoral laws (2 Chronicles 7:13f). Sadly, we have not corporately responded to God’s word. We have not humbled ourselves, or sought God’s face, or turned from our wickedways.
Consequently, He has not healed our land. Millennials have arrived at a crossroad. A place where personal decision is necessary, rather than the pack mentality normally experienced through Facebook and social media.
Here is what John said to people under similar circumstances… Do not suppose that you can say to yourselves, “We have Abraham for our father;” for I say to you that from these stones God is able to raise up children to Abraham…” — Matthew 3:9
In other words, they had to repent like everyone else.
Each Millennial can breakout of this generational spell with its cultural and philosophical influences. Will Millennials conform themselves to the “Spirit of this Age?” Or will Millennials hunger and thirst for the transforming and renewing of their minds?… be not conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that youmay prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect… — Romans 12:2
Isn’t that what we are really talking about? What God expects of us in light of His holiness and proves His will for our individual lives?
He proves His will for our lives when we seek His face that we can know that which is good, acceptable and perfect… or what is good, right and true. This is a filling of the emptiness experienced by most Millennials, that God-shaped vacuum inside.
This is a space that is filled by God when we accept His free gift of Grace and shape our behavior in accordance with His standard, or expectation of each of us — obey Me and keep My commandments.
The greatest commandment is found in the Gospel of Matthew (22:36f)… “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind… the second greatest commandment hangs on the first “Love your neighbor as yourself” because this is the bottom line of the Torah and what the Prophets had communicated.
This is the starting point for the most fantastic journey a human being can ever know. The help of people who know the LORD is highly recommended.
Once a new believer is grounded in the word as essential for the understanding of doctrine and is living out his, or her convictions; then the individual will become equipped for the mantle of the “Great Commision” and will turn the world upside down.
That is my prayer and my hope for each Millennial and the Millennial generation as a whole. I believe that this is the legacy that one generation offers to the up and coming generation; the baton of the faith of the fathers to the open hand of the Millennials.
But, faith without corresponding action is dead (James 2:17f). LORD, breath into churches across this great country — revival. Cause the hearts of all those You have called, and who You are now calling, to burn with holy passion for Your Spirit…and Your Love.
Motivate those who You have placed in authority over us to repeal immoral laws and enact laws that approach Your standard that “We the People” may live in peace. Amen.
Finding Faith is written by area pastors. This week’s column comes from Rev. Dr. Bryon Reynolds of Charlton Chapel, an American Evangelical Christian Churches Charter Church.