Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Young People Leaving The Faith

Below is an excerpt of a very interesting article listed on Christian News Headlines, concerning why a significant amount of young adults are leaving the Church; that is leaving the Christian faith. I am only posting a small portion of it here as the article is quite lengthy; a link is provided at the end of this post to the original website.

The Leavers: Young Doubters Exit the Church
by Drew Dyck

Some striking mile markers appear on the road through young adulthood: leaving for college, getting the first job and apartment, starting a career, getting married—and, for many people today, walking away from the Christian faith.

A few years ago, shortly after college, I was in my studio apartment with a friend and fellow pastor's kid. After some small talk over dinner, he announced, "I'm not a Christian anymore. I don't know what happened. I just left it."

An image flashed into my mind from the last time I had seen him. It was at a Promise Keepers rally. I remembered watching him worship, eyes pinched shut with one slender arm skyward.

How did his family react to his decision? I asked. His eyes turned to the ground. "Growing up I had an uncle who wasn't a Christian, and we prayed for him all the time," he said wistfully. "I'm sure they pray for me like that."

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