The next generation is in trouble. According to a brand new poll conducted by Dr. George Barna and the Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University, most Millennials don’t hold a Biblical Worldview. They are less likely to believe in absolute truth, to value the sanctity of human life, or trust the Bible as the inerrant word of God.
“We’ve always sensed that the culture has been pulling the next generation away from biblical values and truths many were raised with,” university President Len Munsil said in a statement. “This study is more confirmation, and illustrates the necessity of preparing young Christians with a heart to transform their generation with biblical truth.”
The center surveyed two thousand persons at random in January for its American worldview inventory study, interviewing persons of all ages, ethnicities, beliefs, and political persuasions. According to the responses they received, there is a stark contrast in the beliefs housed by Millennials, Generation X, and the Baby Boomers.
“For instance, Millennials are 15 percentage points less likely than Gen Xers to say they treat other people the same way they want to be treated and are 28 points less likely than Baby Boomers to embrace that approach (known to Christians as the ‘Golden Rule’),” the study states.
In addition to not holding a Biblical worldview, “Millennials are less enthusiastic about America. They demonstrate little awareness and interest in government and politics and are far less informed about current political conditions and events than either Busters (ages 37 to 55) or Boomers (ages 56 to 74). They are far more accepting of socialism than other generations.”
“Millennials have been singled out by many analysts as a generation disinterested in traditional American beliefs, values, and behaviors. The groundbreaking American Worldview Inventory 2020 (AWVI 2020) from the Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University reported earlier this year that Millennials are far less likely than people of other generations to possess a biblical worldview. While an estimated 9% of adults in both the Elder and Boomer generations (defined as ages 75 and older, and those 56 to 74 years of age, respectively) have a biblical worldview, that figure drops to 5% among those in Generation X (ages 37 to 55) and a mere 2% among Millennials (ages 18 to 36).”
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An entire generation is utterly disinterested in both faith and the American way of life; this is leading to a rapid cultural decline, which in turn will have dire consequences for future generations. To save those future generations, we as Christian Americans need to step up, raise the bar, and teach our fellow persons the Christian worldview and learn to disavow the threat of shame, for as the Bible says, we are not ashamed to proclaim the Gospel.