Millennials surpassed Baby Boomers as the nation’s largest living adult generation, according to Pew Research.
Millennials are classified as 23 to 38 in 2019, numbered 72.1 million, and Boomers (ages 55 to 73) numbered 71.6 million. Generation X (ages 39 to 54) numbered 65.2 million and is projected to pass the Boomers in population by 2028. By midcentury, the Boomer population is projected to dwindle to 16.2 million.
Like with any generation, who will help and teach the youths? For the Conservative Christian, this legacy is more important than ever. Every one of us is a guide on how to live out the faith we proclaim and how we impact culture. Psalm 78:4, NLT “We will not hide these truths from our children; we will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the Lord, about His power and his mighty wonders.”
Young people must take responsibility for influencing the next generation for God and country. A poll from the Pew Research Center found those between the ages of 13 to 21 believe in increasing government power, pro-abortion and are more likely to approve of NFL players kneeling during the national anthem as a sign of protest.
“This compares with 38 percent of Gen Xers, 43 percent of Boomers and 54 percent of Silents. Similarly, while majorities in Gen Z and the Millennial generation say the government should do more to solve problems, rather than that government is doing too many things better left to businesses and individuals, Gen Xers and Boomers are more evenly divided on this issue. For their part, most Silents would like to see a less activist government,” a Pew study in 2019 found.
Christians are also experiencing an increased rate of discrimination in America.
The study found 50 percent of American adults believe that evangelicals are subjected to discrimination. This is an increase from 42 percent in 2016. “One in five (18 percent) say that Evangelicals—about a quarter of the population—face a lot of discrimination.” There’s an age difference in the decline of religion, and younger people are likely to disaffiliate from church than older people. Assuredly not in America, right?
We are beyond the act of tolerance in society. We’re frightened to defend ourselves in fear of lawsuits and threats by antagonists. There was a time when pursuing Christian beliefs wouldn’t put a person in court. Or how about small businesses following employment laws, becoming targets for lawsuits because of the “gender identity” agenda?
We can’t overlook our history, although many kids aren’t accurately taught in schools what made America a democracy. They are clueless.
The colonists had a taste of government control under British rule and revolted. British soldiers ordered the disarmament of nonconformists and arrested their leaders. The rebels refused and stepped closer to independence April 19, 1775, at the Battles of Lexington and Concord – providing a pathway to a new nation. Our Founding Fathers wanted the authority to be given to the people, not the government. The Introduction to the United States Constitution is a reminder:
“We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
By stripping one liberty or another, our rights as Americans becomes a slippery slope.
“By saying something is true, it logically follows that there is something false,” said Dr. Rice Broocks, author of God’s Not Dead and The Human Right, who also wrote people can’t differentiate between truth and tolerance in culture. If telling others, the truth is surveyed as intolerant then society would cease to function. If we aren’t certain that Christianity is true, then we will be hesitant to engage others of different religions or beliefs. Complacency is rooted in confusion and uncertainty in regard to what is true.”
We are in a crucial period in America. In wisdom, our current issues in the nation are everyone’s responsibility. The Boomers, Gen X, Millennials, and all of us will depart for good, but what will we leave in terms of wisdom, hard work, work ethic, faith, values and a sense of personal responsibility?
Younger generations need to know that life is packed with disappointment sickness, insults and frustrations. Yes, overcoming them is oftentimes exhausting. Our source of true self-worth and happiness—is found at the foot of the cross, a lesson parents must teach.
It’s time to grow up in America and honor prior generations by preserving American liberties for all. The question is will future generations stand in solidarity for Christ and for America? It’s up to the younger generations to make the next move.
Corine Gatti-Santillo has spent two decades as an editor, investigative reporter and web content strategist; her work has appeared in The Christian Post, LifeZette and CBN, among other outlets. She is host of the program “Mom on the Right” on The Liberty Beacon TV. She and her husband live in Virginia with their infant daughter, yellow lab Maggie and horse, Alea Grace.