Today, we’re looking at the next reason why three in five young people fifteen and older are leaving the church.1 Do you know many young people “wrestle with the exclusive nature of Christianity”? In fact, “younger Americans have been shaped by a culture that esteems open-mindedness, tolerance and acceptance.” (But not of us Christians.) So, “most young adults want to find areas of common ground.” Many believe “churches are afraid of the beliefs of other faiths.” They feel “forced to choose between [their] faith and [their] friends.” Many say the “church is like a country club” and “only for insiders.” What are we teaching our kids? Are we telling them why Jesus is the only way? Why is it that there is only one God? My guess is we need to do it more.
1Based on “Six Reasons Young Christians Leave Church,” Barna.org