A New Topic for Discussion

Today I’m starting a new discussion thread on ‘Generational Studies.’ I was asked by my boss to come up with a teaching series on why the next generation is abandoning the church and this will be the outworking of that research.

The discussion isn’t a new one in world news (nor on this blog for that matter, i.e. Mishandled), but it is a popular one. What it comes down to is this, the older generation wants to know why the younger generations aren’t as passionate as they are about the things they themselves care about. Really, we want those who come after us to carry on where we left off as if it were as easy as handing off a baton in an Olympic event. However, they have to wait their turn until we are all dead. We’re not going to give them the keys to the kingdom until we are finished with them. I digress…

To be honest with you, I’m not a very good topical teacher/preacher, and this topic is way to expansive to micro-analyze. So I decided I’m not going to make any absolute claims to why this or that generation is leaving or destroying the church. Instead I’m going to look at the Bible for instances for where generations held to different values and hopefully develop some principles that will encourage the Body-of-Christ cross-generationally.

What better place to start than the people of Israel in the Old Testament, and what better book to begin in than Judges. A while back I was reading through Judges in my personal devotions and I made a shocking discovery; Nothing is new under the Sun. Chances are, if it’s up for discussion and it is critical to spiritual life, it’s not new to the common era.

So I’m hoping through this study to expose how we are a lot like the people of Israel, the problems don’t get any more black and white, and the principles are always the same.

Check back throughout the coming weeks as I’ll try to post as often as the study yields fruitful.

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2 Responses to A New Topic for Discussion

  1. Brent says:

    Why are people leaving the church in droves? I finished up Exodus and it was striking to see how quickly the children of Israel were drawn away by other gods. We are totally overloaded on every front in our culture. It is like drinking from a fire hose when it comes to resources, guides, activities and options. It takes longer to sift through all the choices, figure out where you stand, and do something. Couple that with the shifting generational values and people live in very different worlds.
    Overall our world is undergoing many shifts on many fronts. This is time when the church is trying harder than ever to be the exact same. Many leaders see it as keeping the faith, when really its avoiding situations and issue that are uncomfortable. The rules are changing, but, as you said, the principles are still the same.
    I look forward to reading future posts.

    • Adam Miller says:

      Thanks Brent. That’s why I’m hoping to offer a refreshing take on the problem, principles, and solutions instead of just offering opinions. I’m exciting about working it out myself.

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