Thursday, 1 February 2018
The Rise of Generation Z
There's another change since then. More Americans have no religious identity—many have no need for God.
This is especially true in my grandson's generation—the so-called Generation Z. The Barna Group recently published their findings about those born between 1999-2015. While you couldn't pick a better time to live in a technologically advanced society, it looks grim for the American faith community. Only 4 in 100 teens in this group have a Biblical worldview. Generation Z is the least Christian generation in American history.
Does this matter?
I'm not a sociologist, but without a guiding principle of right and wrong—by a standard greater than ourselves, what motivates these kids to respect authority and treat fellow students with kindness?
Faith in God is an inside job. It makes a difference in who we are, how we make our choices, and what drives our motives.
But if only 4 in 100 of today's teens care about God, then eventually, America will be less about God and more about something else.
We need to help this young generation with their struggles—life isn't easy, especially with the distractions of technology.
Maybe if Boomers and Z's spend more time together they can get to know the God we know.