We’ve all heard how the 18 – 29 year old “Mosaics” love God and hate the church. But does anyone know why? In his book You Lost Me, Dave Kinnaman reveals these six reasons:
1. Overprotective. The impulse towards being “in but not of the world” defines this generation. They want to re-imagine, and they want to be entrepreneurs and innovators. The church is seen as a creativity killer where risk taking and involvement in culture are anathema.
2. Shallow. Easy platitudes, proof texting, and formulaic solutions have anesthetized many young adults, leaving them with no idea of the gravity and power of following Christ. The Christianity they have received gives them no sense of calling or purpose.
4. Repressive. Religious rules feel stifling to their individualistic mindsets. They see the church as repressive.
3. Anti-science. Many young Christians have come to the conclusion that faith and science are incompatible. Yet, they see the critical nature science plays in their world.
5. Exclusive. This generation esteems open-mindedness, tolerance, and acceptance. Thus, the church’s claims of exclusivity are a hard sell.
6. Doubtless. They do not feel safe admitting that faith doesn’t always make sense. They find the church’s response to doubt trivial and fact finding, as if people can be talked out of doubting.
These are crippling perceptions. How do you think the church should respond?