My findings of these reflections are based on conversations and observations that I have had with students in my own context in the small window of the world in which I have lived for the past 10 years. Yet I believe that much of my experience is true to many other areas in the US.
This past spring break I had the opportunity to lead 40 high school students on a “mission” trip to Mexico through our organization, Be2Live.org. 35 of these high school students do not attend church anywhere and would not call themselves followers of Jesus. The conversations we had with these students only affirmed what I had been thinking about this post-Christian youth culture.
The students I have been connecting with for these ten years come from a very affluent part of the country, are very busy with life and would be considered, post-christian youth.
This is what I have discoverd about these students:
– Students in the post-Christian culture have neither a positive or overly negative view of religion. I believe thier view of religion is neutral to slightly negative. Mostly their view of religion and church is that it is irrelevant and has no importance to life. It’s just something that is “over there” or “not for me”. It is completly out of their sights.
– Most believe in some “higher power” or a god, but can’t put words into what that means to them or if it should mean something to them.
– Church is just a building where people go, but they are not sure why they even go.
– Students are very open to talking about faith, God and life asking very good, hard questions if given the safe space to ask questions and explore.
This is a generation that is completly removed from any knowdlege or experience of faith or religion. Though their parents may have gone to church or participated as a child, they no longer see church or faith as an important aspect of life. Thus, their children have little to no contact with faith.
I am excited about this new culture as most of these students have little to no pre-conceived thoughts about faith and Jesus. The window is wide open. Yet we need to explore more about this post-Christian youth culture.
What reflections do you have of this post-Christian youth culture? How do they think? What subjects are most important to them? What are your observations?