The past few years have had their challenges, but these challenges have given us the opportunity to open our eyes and see the truth which has been before us – more and more families are experiencing significant change as their grown children and grandchildren are walking away from faith.
This has been happening for quite some time – Barna had studies on this in the early 2000’s, but a more recent study on Gen Z (which I refer to often – you will find it at this link) show us how this generation is walking away from their faith to atheism at double the rate of any previous generation. This study was run in 2018 – before covid, so now as we look at where we are three years into dealing with covid, with the war in the Middle East, as our eyes are being opened to racism as never before, and experiencing unprecedented political upheaval with the rise of Nationalism, and so many Christians who follow cults like Q-anon, the damage to the “reputation” and testimony of Christians has been severe, we are seeing even more of our grown children and grandchildren walking away from their faith (check this link for a video clip from Barna about the increasing number of believers who are and will walk away from their faith.)
So, what do we do? Is it too late? Are we helpless to stop this exodus? Is there anything which will turn this tide? I don’t believe it is too late. But, I do believe we must act, and we must act now because if we do not, even more of the ones we love will walk away from their faith. Please take a minute to consider the following possibilities –
Please take these points to heart and share them with the parents, grandparents, and church leaders you know. We must make changes – if we do not, we will continue to have the children we love grow and walk away from their faith.