Back to Reality

It is raining this AM in Seattle and some people are speculating that God is crying because “Friends” has come to an end.

A few weeks ago Atul Tandon from World Vision was telling me about research indicating the younger generation is fed-up with “virtual” experiences and wants real, authentic experiences. Perhaps the conclusion of Friends will offer just such an opportunity (although there is still the Survivor finale on Sunday).

Research tells us two other facts about this generation. One, they are leaving organized religion in favor of “spirituality.” Two, they say there are four reasons they leave the faith. 1) They never experienced God in worship 2) Their tribal connections are stronger outside than in the church, 3) The stuff that matters to them isn’t talked about in church 4) They never saw anything in their parent’s life that made them want to be Christian.

This last point reminded me of my interview with neurologist Oliver Sacks (interview with audio for first time and foto right),
who was raised by devout orthodox Jewish parents. He commented that he knew they loved Torah etc., but he never really knew what they believed. This reminds us that making faith central in your life does not assure its passage to the next generation. Even worse, most kids complain that their parents SAY faith is central, but don’t live life as if it is.

This generation hates hypocrisy as we saw in a recent posting “The Theology of South Park.” If this generation wants to avoid the hypocrisy they detest in their parents, they need to do what each preceeding generation has done: make faith central in their own life, move from virtual reality (ala Friends) into reality in the use of time, and LIVE the faith not just know or talk about it.

Yours for the pursuit of God in the company of friends, Dick Staub.

PS. And remember, “these are the best of times and the worst of times, but they are the only times we have.” (For Now).

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