What if I told you that millennials can shape the future of Christianity at this very moment? The oft-maligned millennial generation receives its’ share of fair and unfair criticism, yet the real truth is this – the millennial generation is poised to shape the world. The church is in desperate need of a millennial revolution – and here’s how we can do it.
We must first develop ourselves.
Millennials are fighters, but we are young. We are raw, undeveloped, and we have not yet learned the ways of the world. In order to change the world, the millennial generation must first seek to understand it. It is imperative that millennials seek out wisdom and knowledge – there is so much we do not even know that we do not know. Read books, examine history, dig in to the writings of ancient theologians. These are the keys to wisdom and virtue.
Secondly, we must develop an inherent sense of enterprising boldness.
This is the same spirit that the American dream was built upon – and I’m talking about the real American dream, a God-inspired dream of hard work, perseverance and charity. Millennials, in my experience, fully realize that they are young, but they allow that to hamper their leadership and judgment. Millennials must learn to stand up for what is right, and they must learn to do the right thing, no matter the cost. They must realize their dreams, toss out all risk aversion, and rigorously pursue them. Think that’s a bad idea? What did Jesus do when he took up the cross?
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Speaking of standing up for what is right, the bane of the millennial generation is that we now consider right and wrong as relative. We no longer see sin as sin, and righteousness as righteous. Everything is viewed as being in the grey area. We compare our sin to the sin of others, as if we can somehow, in vain, justify it. Millennials must learn to discern right and wrong, and we must learn the art of lovingly calling others to redemption (As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17).
Finally, millennials must learn to embrace the authority that God has placed us into.
Can I just be honest? I look around and see a lot of grown man-children; A lot of young women that still act like they’re in middle school. This idea of going to college and having a “delayed adolescence” has permeated American culture as well as Christian culture. Men, God has called you to be LEADERS – to lead and protect your families, your friends, and your coworkers. Ladies, God has called you to be LEADERS – while this may look different than it does for men, it takes a tremendous amount of courage and strength to be a woman, you are the bedrocks of virtue, compassion, and tenderness for the family. Millennials must embrace our calling, we must grow up, and we must step into adult-hood.
So, what can we do today to change the church? It starts by developing ourselves – by trusting God and jumping into the driver seat of a God-ordained, lifted, four-wheel drive, V8 F-150 pickup truck. God has given you free will, use that free will to submit yourself and your life to serving God, and giving up yourself and your comfort so that God can use and develop you. Begin to view yourself as the leader that God has called you to be. Don’t be afraid to step out with a bold and enterprising spirit. Examine your values, distinguish between what is right and wrong, and (lovingly) stand for it.
Jesus was compassionate when dealing with situations that required compassion, and he was aggressive with righteous anger when dealing with situations that required such (John 2:15). Finally, God has called you to be a LEADER, no matter your abilities, social status, or marital status. Embrace it.