Let me start by explicitly stating that Gen Z is bursting at the seams with world changers. They’re vibrant, vocal, and fierce. I love it. They’re the pioneers that will shake us from comfort of just maintaining. That’s why we need to lead our leaders before they’re lead astray.
The beauty and strength of the younger generation is their resilience and demand for authenticity. Yes, there’s social media and enough filters to last us forever, but you know Gen Z didn’t create those, right? They inherited them.
I recently posted a video on my YouTube channel (which is new, BTW!) about recent research that found that Gen Z is much more likely to identify as LGBTQ+. Further proof that times do change and that means the old dog needs to learn new tricks.
Humans were created for relationship. Even if you don’t believe in a creator, hopefully we can agree that we’re hard-wired to crave intimacy, justice, acceptance, diversity. These are the revolutions the younger generation is leading with and without religious affiliation. But each of these line up perfectly with the character of God.
Are we as the Church standing up for those things too? Are we living out these truths?
No one cares…
Take an objective inventory on what you and your ministry stand for, not what you shout about. Honestly, no one cares about your mission and values. No one cares if you host a Black history month event or repost a tweet about justice for George Floyd. Gen Z isn’t falling for it. Instead of looking for politically correct, time-sensitive responses, they’re (rightfully) looking for a time-tested commitment. That’s not specific to social justice either; it also applies to our moral alignment. In this case, I’m talking about our faith.
The Gen Z generation ain’t playin’. They are hungry and we got a whole feast, but the presentation ain’t cute. There’s not a good aroma coming from us. We start by building bridges with each other.
No one’s racing to be adopted by the judge-y, hypocritical, dysfunctional family.