We were all Millennials once. That is, we were all in a particular age group, and we had beliefs about all kinds of things. But what did we really know? We knew we didn’t want to fight in a foreign war like Vietnam. But other than that, most of what I heard people my own age talking about when I was around 22 years old, I look back and regard as silly and misinformed.
All you have to do is listen to a sample of Millennials being interviewed about what’s going on in the world, and for a high percentage of them it’s abject ignorance. We’re not talking about all Millennials, of course, but there are enough of them out there that their opinions can skew any poll and tip any election.
Here’s one honest Millennial who has left the church and adopted a pro-same-sex marriage position: “[There is nothing more obnoxious than a 24 year-old who’s going to tell everyone how the world works, all of this comes with the major caveat that it is simply my experience, and perhaps no one else’s.” (I have some thoughts about this ex-evangelical’s article here.)
While the following is anecdotal, there are more surveys like this coming out, and it does not look good:
“The National Science Foundation published a study that reveals an astonishing number of Democrats do not know that the earth revolves around the sun and that it takes a year to do so. . . . Furthermore, 49% percent of Democrats believe that astrology is scientific.”
For more than 100 years the basis for making moral decisions has been dismantled board by board. It’s beginning to show in big ways. We have a renegade president, renegade judges, and renegade politicians who have no regard for the oath of office they took. A high percentage of Millennials put these moral midgets in office, and we’re going to trust their opinions on what a moral life ought to be? Give me a break.
Consider this from George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley who testified before the House Judiciary Committee this week:
“I testified at the earlier hearing about the separation of powers, its history and its function and also my view that the president has in fact exceeded his authority in a way that is creating a destabilizing influence in a tripartite or three-branch system. Now, I want to emphasize, of course, that this problem didn’t begin with President Obama. I was critical of his predecessor, President Bush, as well, but the rate at which executive power is being concentrated in our system is accelerating. And, frankly, I am very alarmed by the implications of that aggregation of power. What also alarms me, however, is that the two other branches appear not just simply passive, but inert in the face of this concentration of authority.”
Dr. Frankenstein had no control over his monster once he gave it life and a mind of its own. The whole affair began as an immoral enterprise and ended in tragedy for everyone involved. Frankenstein’s monster in The Bride of Frankenstein figured it out when he brought the whole thing crashing down: “We belong dead.”
What’s true at the highest levels of legal and political power is only a reflection of what’s been going on in the culture for at least two generations.
While Turley is opposed to the way President Obama is trying to implement his agenda, he happens “to think the president is right on many of these policies.” The Nazis were also careful to make sure that their policies were based on the fundamentals of law. That’s why Nuremberg the defendants could argue that they were only following orders. The change in law had come down from the highest levels of government.
So when we hear Millennials say the reason they left “the faith they grow up with” was due the “‘negative teachings’ or ‘negative treatment’ related to gays and lesbians,” it should not surprise us that a high percentage of them are the most liberal economically and politically. Moral relativism was spawned long ago and has worked its way into every area of life, including the church.
“Specifically, 17 percent of Millennials, or adults between 18 and 33-years-old, said negativity around LGBT issues in religion was ‘somewhat important’ to their departure, while 14 percent said it was a ‘very important’ factor.”
A high percentage of these Millennials know that if any type of sexual behavior is off limits, then their own sexual practices could be called into question. It’s that simple, and it’s not just about sex.
It’s this type of lax moral attitude that leads people to choose a dictator for the greater good. “Damn the Constitution and the old paths when they stand in the way of what I want.” Moral irrationality reigns. If marital relationship between a man and a woman can be so easily redefined and debased, it shouldn’t surprise us that we can settle for and encourage the debasement of our nation’s currency, courts, media, news rooms, universities, and scientists to perpetuate the belief that government is god.