Millennials, Why Are We The Generation Who Stopped Believing In God?

Millennials, Why Are We The Generation Who Stopped Believing In God?

Over 25% of Millennials don't believe in God, but that's not something to brag about.

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Millennials have a reputation for "ending" many things that previous generations have adored. Some things are simple such as landlines. Some things are good such as cigarette smoking. But recently, a social trend has sparked with research to prove it, Millennials more than any other generation does not believe in God.

I will be honest, I did not have what I would call a relationship with God prior to college. I grew up in the church but never understood what that meant. I knew about the Bible and I knew prayer was good, sin was bad but I didn't fully understand what it meant to believe in God. My friends in high school were either super religious or atheist, I was the only in-between. While we were all respectful and civil with each other's opinions on the topic of religion, I stood soundly in the middle and didn't know which way to lean.

I was comfortable with my middle ground and satisfied with knowing who God was, believing he existed and calling it a day. I didn't need to dig deeper. In fact, attending a Christian university made me a bit nervous. I imagined a classroom filled with people using God as an excuse or an answer for all of the problems of our world. I classified myself as someone who thought with their brain and considered my heart, so the idea of a conversation leading down the path of pure belief over facts made me roll my eyes. That wasn't my experience at all.

Throughout my time at my Christian university, I have experienced people who are truly an image of God and it changed how I view my relationship with Him. People who did not fit this stereotype we all have a bad taste in our mouth about, people who truly lived their life through God. I didn't know it was possible for that to become me until I let the Lord into my life.

As I have become settled in my current relationship with God, it's a healthier one than the one I was once comfortable with. It is not easy to love the Lord. It takes time, it takes patience and it takes trust. These three things are the three things all millennial, including myself, seem to lack the most.

We never have enough time. We are working two jobs to pay off our college loans. We do our homework while we're in class so we can enjoy our evenings. We are constantly seeking for time to eat, breathe or truly be present in our own lives without something calling at us in the back of our head.

We lack patience. We grew up with information at our fingertips. We have a question, we don't even have to type it. We call out "Alexa" or "Hey Siri" and the answer is given to us before we can blink.

We forgot how to trust. We've watched friends betray us. We experienced our families separating. We work hard for something we want more than anything else, but more than enough, it doesn't work out. We want control of our own lives, why would we believe that anybody else would have our best interests?

So, we lose our faith. Because it's something else to do. It's something else for us to think about. We want to choose which path we walk on without arrows or a map to tell us where to go. We lose our faith because it's hard to love and it's easy to surrender.

But when we lose our faith, do we lose a piece of ourselves too?

I have made the choice to love as the Lord has taught me to. I will love all people, no matter who you are, no matter what your past is and no matter what you believe. I will never tell someone they are wrong for not understanding faith because, at one time, I didn't either.

As a member of the generation who continues to lose their faith, I am saddened to imagine a world without religion.

So, Lord, I pray for my generation. I pray you to help us find peace in our hearts, the time during our day, the patience in our soul and trust in our relationships. Most importantly, I pray nobody ever lives in a world where faith is obsolete and forgotten.

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When God Says, “Not Right Now.”

“God give me faith to wait and not manipulate. To trust You fully, no matter how my circumstances may appear." — Lynn Cowell

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One of the most frustrating yet beautiful things is when God tells us “no" or “not right now."

At the time, you may have agony or desperation for this one thing to work out in your life, but it slips away from you. You may ask God why. Why does He want you to be unhappy? Why does He want to take away your dreams?

At the time, you cannot see how much God truly is working in your life, but He is. In my life, every time that I was disappointed that a plan or dream didn't work out, I was devastated. I didn't want to be in a position where I was challenged and tested. I wanted all the blessings to flow and to fulfill what I thought was my plan in life. But that's exactly what it was: my plan.

I did not see at the time that that is not what God intended for me and that He actually had far greater plans than I did for myself. He needed to mold me into who I am supposed to be today. Along the way I have met the most amazing people that have had a huge impact on my life, have gone through the most amazing experiences with God, and I wouldn't trade going through all the trials because it has truly made me into the woman I am today.

“What God does in us while we wait is as important as what we are waiting for." – John Ortberg

God is continually, endlessly, working in our lives.

We may not see it, but He is. We may blame God for all the things that are going wrong in our lives, but we never see that in the end, we were supposed to go through the low valleys to get to the high, amazing, and beautiful mountains in our lives.

I truly believe that it's when you're at the bottom of the darkest pit in your life that you can actually see the light of God shining brightly upon you. During these times, pray to Him to lead you to understanding that this is all a part of His plan for you.

It hurts God to see that His child is suffering, but in order to carve out just the person that you are supposed to be, you must go through challenges. Where you are today is no accident. God is using the challenge you are in to shape you and prepare you for the place He wants you tomorrow. When it comes to God's plan, timing is absolutely everything.

Looking back on all the events that I had to endure before getting to where I am now, I know that I had to go through the trials in order to be just who I am today, which is happier than I have ever been because I know God and His plan for me. Waiting is the most difficult job of hope, but you must remain faithful and know that God is guiding you.

“When I wait, you strengthen my heart." Psalm 27:14

When you are waiting for God's righteous plan, don't lose faith in His goodness. He only wants the best for you, and in the end, you will look back and see just how much He truly was working in your life. Be patient and the blessings will flow.

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Poetry On Odyssey: Ego

Years later, we can still learn something about ourselves and our morality from Freud.

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I'm studying Freud now for maybe the 5th time

So I'm familiarized with his notorious line


It starts off as ID, ending at SuperEgo

Which helps you gauge if you're good, and hopefully not evil


It's the impossible goal to balance Ego in the middle

I think back on myself, trying so hard to fiddle


The morality dial to a place to that felt right

Where my mind was peace and my soul could feel light


I think now that I've made it, but I hadn't at first

So my earlier years were understandably the worst


My first day of grade school I was instantly smitten

Well aware that my guidelines had already been written


I was taught that fulfillment could be found in God's Word

His love the incentive with which I was lured


But she was just so damn sweet, with long hair and dark eyes

I hated myself for thinking same as the guys


Adam would never have lain down with a man

So to make it to Heaven, she was not in the plan


Later in life I was leaving high school

Taking dick, smoking pot and breaking rules to look cool


When on a contemplative car ride one night with my friend

My SuperEgo delusion came to a startling end


I asked, "Have you ever felt like you were missing a penis before?"

Her expression told me not to bring that up anymore


That night sent me deep into a pit of self loathing

I could pass as pure to my church, but felt absolutely nothing


I was shrink wrapped in guilt for the secrets I held

Taught that my kind were all children of the Angel that Fell


I felt I had failed, too wrapped up in desire

Postmarked now for down under as a fag, tranny and liar


Even though I would spend just two more years with God's son

I had denied who I was till the damage was done


All those times that I'd judged queer folks with disgust

Held me down like a freight train infested with rust


I internalized all the hatred I'd spread

Every comment placed pea-like in my soft Christian bed


That was the past, I breath easier now

But not without finding my "who" and my "how"


The person I'm now is so earthquakingly free

I mourn the years without girlfriends and the pronouns "him/he"


Pretty Boy is all honest, and that's pretty much "how"

I was able to end up at "who" I am now


It seems that its easy to find your Ego on the line

When your ID and your Super are authentically defined


But not by a god or a priest or a book

Right and wrong will come out if you're willing to look

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