Time magazine just ran a cover piece titled “The Me Me Me Generation: Millennials are lazy, entitled narcissists who still live with their parents. Why they’ll save us all.” It was an interesting read, especially considering the fact that I completely agree that our most recent generation is the most self-centered group to ever exist. The article does argue the idea that this attitude is key to our country’s future success and even America’s economic stability. Time, of course, does not focus on the impact this generation is having and will have on Christ’s church. And rest assured, it is having a very negative impact.
I should say that Millennials are not entirely to blame. They, of course, have learned their egotistical ways from someone, most likely their parents or today’s progressive and liberal media. Our country’s freedom to do as we please has created a self-centered and arrogant society solely focused on the individual and their personal happiness. As the church tries to teach acts of selflessness, the world demands that we answer to no one but ourselves. I’ve personally noticed a shift even in my own church. The younger crowd (let’s say 30 and younger), demands more. They want worship to give them something. They look to find how a church can fulfill their needs rather than helping to meet the needs of the church and its members. Many of these people forget that the church was created by Jesus Christ not to take but to give. We are meant to be a group of Christians gathered together to worship and help those in any way possible with their physical and spiritual needs. We’re meant to show God’s love to the world.
My biggest fear is the church is starting to change. Many congregations, in order to bring in new members or keep the ones they have, are sacrificing God’s truth and compromising things to please the masses, especially the new “me generation.” We cannot succumb to the current trend of selfishness the world wants us to follow. We’re reminded in Romans 12:2 to “not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”. We must be willing to stand on God’s truth and try to show the world that it’s not all about what I can get or what someone else can do for me. We need to show a selfless attitude in our daily lives so the world can see Jesus through us. And in this we can insure future generations will know the love of God and not the love of self.