I have recently realized that I have been close to church bashing in my responses to people. I wanted to be clear on this, my intention is not to church bash or say I do not want church. Having a church is vital to the Christian as it is suppose to be a place where we are trained, worship together, and find fellowship with other believers. Sadly, in my experience I have not seen all three work well together in a LONG time. The church has its issues, but we too are also broken in thinking that bashing the church is the best medicine. I will also say right now, if you do not feel as if you fit in your church, ask God about it. Maybe we need to rethink why we have an issue or maybe God will lead us to a church we can invest in. You see Millennials have been labelled by the world (Christian Community), and they do not see how traditional church works in today’s culture. So they are following lies through “tolerance” and “compromise” (Read this article/blog by J.W. Reid http://johnreidblogs.com/2015/09/08/5-trends-christian-millennials-must-stop-doing/).
You see, many of my generation and younger are hungry for a church that sees that it needs to impact the culture again. This does not mean that these churches are not making a difference, but it does not mean they can not change in how they can impact the culture for Christ once again. People do not run to the church for help anymore, and they have labelled us as haters and intolerant. Why? Because Jesus told us they will hate us because they hate Him. We are not suppose to be liked by the world just like we are not to conform to the world (Romans 12:2). In fact we are to be careful when trying new ways to change it especially if it appears to be worldy by design but integrated with Jesus or Scripture (Colossians 2:-10).
I believe the church still holds to a way of ministry that fits a culture that is 50+ years ago. Today our culture is big on tolerance, loving everyone, and allowing people to find “their way” to live life. While many from the Millennials are seeking communities that they can connect. I am sorry, but many of the churches do not have the community they seek, why? Many churches still live 50+ years in the past in appearance, and how they interact with the culture. They tell young people to “fit” in instead of older members taking in these young people and disciple them. They is what they want, a community that takes them in, teaches them how to be proper godly adults (in today’s culture), and give them opportunity to serve. But why are they not being fed? My opinion, the older members will teach, but do not want to “learn” the new culture. We have a WiFi generation coming up, and they need to know how they can use their social media, how to build true relationships, and how to be Christians in today’s culture. I am still part of the generation that is Millennial, and of the generation before WiFi. I see churches making a difference, but I also see the church neglecting their community and young adults because they are afraid to change.
Spiritual Battle of Churches today- The lie is if we (church) change then the enemy will get in and destroy the church. The truth is if the enemy is not trying to get in then you are where they (the enemy) wants you to be because you are not changing the culture.