In 2005, Sociologist Christian Smith, along with Melina Lundquist Denton, published research they did at the University of North Carolina and the results were quite telling. They set out to discover the real religious beliefs of teenagers. Today, these beliefs are not just confined to those teenagers who are now twelve years older, but I believe these beliefs have crept into much of western culture.
Future generations will look back at our present time amazed at the rate of change that has begun. Technology has transformed our palms, pockets, the angle of our heads, and our addiction of choice. The pursuit of happiness has been transformed into the image of self-fulfillment. Morality is now filtered through what someone wants rather than what is right. Just wait until this gets into our court system. But there’s more…
Odds are, you want to read your Bible more. You’re not alone. According to Barna, among people who like the Bible, 78-85% want to read it more. But you and I both know that it can be difficult to make time to read God’s word.
Look around. Watch the news. Listen to the radio. Scroll Facebook. You may conclude that things today are worse than ever before. That conclusion may turn into your cliched mantra that you put on repeat every time you encounter evil. But here’s my humble opinion. It needs to stop. To put it simply: no, things today are not worse than ever before.
I’d like to open up a few cans of worms that many of us aren’t even aware exist: modern eugenics, technology, and virtual reality. In a matter of years, they will create a new norm in society and the Church must begin thinking them through now. We must carefully and thoughtfully give direction to our culture as we embark on a new era of scientific discovery and technological accomplishment.
We live in the entitlement age. A time of history in which we all believe we are entitled to an assortment of rights. Many have looked upon the current state of our culture and have prosecuted my generation, the millennials, with the accusation of being the most entitled generation ever to live. The reality is, we are no more or less entitled than our parents or grandparents.