Author: ADF Senior Litigation Counsel Kevin Theriot
It depends on how you read the data. In April, 2010, Lifeway Christian Resources surveyed the beliefs of millenials - those born between 1980 and 1991. Surprisingly, they found that "70 percent agree (strongly or somewhat) that Christian churches are still relevant in America today." Of course, other data indicate these 18-29 year olds really don't think churches are relevant to them personally - only one in four attends weekly worship services and two of three rarely, if ever, attend a church or other religious meeting.
Nevertheless, it is encouraging that a clear majority of them believe the Church is an important contributor to our society - despite years of being steeped in Darwinist teaching. And though some people think Darwinism isn't necessarily anti-church, the Atheists are not in that camp. Just look at the billboards Atheist organizations are throwing up around the country, spouting phrases like "Praise Darwin - evolve beyond belief."
But apparently young people have not bought that lie just yet, and most of them might even agree with George Washington, who said, "Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports." It is a mistake to believe "that morality can be maintained without religion."
Yes, the Church is still relevant for young people, and will continue to be - so long as she stands strong for biblical truth, and fulfills her role as the moral compass of society. For instance, we should be encouraged by what some brave young college students are doing today to stand up for religious liberty and God's word. View Julea Ward's story here.
This post originally appeared here.