Last week, I posted “7 Sins of Baby Boomer Believers.” One of my readers, Patrick Edwards (Lead Pastor of Lake Gaston Baptist Church in Littleton, NC), responded with his assessment of some of the sins of his generation, the Millennials. Let us know what you think about his conclusions.
Born in 1985, I’m the oldest of the Millennials. As a result, I don’t share every perspective with my younger counterparts, but I understand the perspective. The Millennial generation is contributing to the church, particularly a passion for and willingness to go anywhere to reach the nations with the gospel. At the same time, there is much in my heart – and I know the same to be true of my fellow Millennials – that we need to confess.
- We are impatient. We want to see the nations reached and want to see every follower of Christ embrace that calling, but we expect it to happen right now and can act rashly at times in our speech or actions when our churches aren’t moving toward that mission as quickly as we’d like.
- We are arrogant. We can think that we’re the first to have this passion and the first to think seriously and biblically about that calling. We can be unwilling to listen to others or consider that not all our strategies and ideas are the best ones.
- We are ungracious. Our impatience and our arrogance can make us unkind toward anyone who does not see it like we see it. Worse, we too often express that unkindness to others in our church or the wider Christian community.
- We too quickly and easily dismiss those before us. We can think that because the culture has shifted, all prior strategies for reaching the lost are outdated and useless. We can ignore the rich heritage laid before us.
- We take for granted the hard work and fields plowed before us. We’ve read about the “Battle for the Bible” in history books and heard the stories, but can fail to appreciate the labors our parents, grandparents, and great grandparents put in toward reaching the lost with the life-giving Word of God.
- We feel entitled. Stemming from the prior sins, we can think that those who don’t share our ideas or perspectives should just get out of the way and let us lead the church into the Promised Land.
- We err on the side of being “of the world.” Many of us have rebelled against what we perceived was cultural Christianity. arguing all things are lawful but forgetting that not all things are helpful. In an attempt to build bridges and open doors with the culture around us, sometimes we have drunk too much of the culture rather than speaking truth into it.
As a Millennial pastor, I know I don’t speak for everyone. Pray, though, that we might be a generation willing to sell all to reach the nations while also being a generation humble enough to learn from, listen to, and labor with our spiritual brothers, sisters, mothers, and fathers who have gone before us and continue to go to the ends of the earth!
What are your thoughts, readers?