Meet the Faithless: How Secularism Won the Millennial Mindset
I feel sad for Millennials. They do not know what they do not know.
They will never know, for example, what life was like without a smart phone, GPS, email, Snapchat or Facebook. In short, they will never experience life without being distracted by the constant need to “check in” with social media.
Millennials are also the first generation to be raised in a culture where religion, fundamentals of a faith-based worldview was deemphasized. Taught from an early age through television, music, liberal parenting, and in part from a public education system that completely stripped religious history from the classroom textbook, this generation of young men and women will face the future without the wisdom of the past to guide them, without knowing the value of religion and the value of faith.
Instead, Millennials have been taught to believe in “nothing” except pursuing social justice, earthly objectives and political or gender/raced based conflicts. The new religion of the American culture among Millennials is not a religion based on God, or even spiritual values (what are those?), but instead, on social activist causes and strictly temporal realities instead of the enduring eternal ones that great minds have been debating since the beginning of time.
Secularism is winning because it is the easier path, and the one with far less restrictions. Freedom it seems, means to be free of deep philosophy or meanings and values-exploration. Millennials have adopted secularism (or a hyped up version of moral relativism), a belief that there is no proof of God, or faith, eternal life or even TRUTH itself. No reason to take the risk of believing in something that can never be verified – at least not in this life.
So the current generation of young men and women will never know how to implement faith in everyday living, faith that there is a reason we are here (beyond just our short life), faith that there is a purpose to our existence, faith that spirit values have meaning, and most importantly, faith believing in something that you can only know is true – without physical evidence.
Faith, or the use of it, instills good character, patience, forbearance, loyalty and humility; it is the acceptance that you don’t have all of the answers – but are willing to concede there are answers worth knowing.
Today, the general attitude of a Millennial is “no one can know for sure about anything, so why worry about it?”
Some would argue that the faith-test is the most valuable experience you can have as a human being. Without it, nihilism becomes the only other worldview, a belief that believing is pointless.
We are left only with a new generation of people do not know what faith means, nor do they care that they don’t know, and that is the most tragic thing of all.