The results of a five-year study of the Millennial Generation—people born between 1982 and 1993—are in. Thanks to the Barna Group, a 28-year-old, California-based, Christian research firm, we now know that conservative evangelical churches are losing formerly–affiliated “young creatives:” Actors, artists, biologists, designers, mathematicians, medical students, musicians, and writers.
Simple reasons, really… for one, the UMC is not the bastion of liberal theology that the more conservative conservatives in the denomination seems to think that it is. Second, once you are indoctrinated that evangelicalism is the only “right” Christianity, then it is difficult to see the value, hope, and validity in other streams of Christian expression.
So often, I meet people who still insist that the KJV is the only right bible, and they they are atheists… or at best, agnostics. It is a cognitive dissonance that keeps them from seeing their own continued perpetuation of the Evangelical-onlyist myth.
We need to begin to reach these separated children to show them that yes, we as Christians agree with them… that there is a better, non-bitter Christianity than the F/fundamentalist stream.