The millennial student the need for a christian worldview
Their Need for a Christian Worldview
Millennial – born between 1980 & mid-2000’s. ◦ 92 million – more numerous than prior generations ◦ Unparalleled prosperity and innovation Beloit College “Mindset List” ◦ Carter and Reagan are as distant to them as Truman and Eisenhower are to their parents. ◦ Everyone has always known what the news of the day was before the “Evening News” came on. ◦ Never used a card catalog to find a book. ◦ Email is just too slow, and they seldom if ever use snail mail ◦ Rap music has always been main stream ◦ Tattoos have always been very chic and highly visible. ◦ Text has always been hyper.
Live in Complexity “Relish mystery, uncertainty, ambiguity. They are not bothered by contradictions.” unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity, Kinnaman & Lyons “The established generation is more interested in the bottom line (truth, biblical worldview, right answers) and in getting there as quickly as possible. For (the Millennials), it’s as much the journey as the destination.” Bill Perry, founder of Recon (generational college ministry)Want What Works Driven much more by pragmatism than their parents. ◦ Strongly connected to moral relativism. ◦ Decline in ethics; “ends justifies the means” Survey of MBA professors – ethics and integrity
Embrace Moral Relativism Especially true in the realm of personal morality ◦ Twice as likely as Boomers to have had multiple sex partners by age 18 ◦ Substance abuse and cheating are common ◦ Difference in behavior between “Outsiders,” “born-again believers,” and “evangelicals” is nominal. BarnaOverwhelmingly Stressed Out ½ say they are stressed out (double Boomers’ level) Feel exceptional pressure in areas that affect others’ view of them, such as getting good grades. Alsop
Extremely Connected Highly connected via social networking ◦ Changed view of friendship as a result Value teamwork – even to the point of groupthink. AlsopUninhibited More open about intimate details of their lives ◦ Function of relating online primarily ◦ May well be inhibited in person; unsure how to relate Very casual about personal matters ◦ See Facebook/Twitter postings
Lonely “Loneliest generation” because their relationships are superficial and don’t meet the deepest needs of the heart. Apologetics for a New Generation, Sean McDowell So accustomed to mediated, online interaction that face-to- face interaction increasingly intolerable and undesirable – particularly when discussing a conflict. The Spirituality of the Cell Phone, Shane Hipps “Firework” by Katy Perry Do you ever feel like a plastic bag, drifting through the wind, wanting to start again? Do you ever feel, feel so paper thin like a house of cards, one blow from caving in? Do you ever feel already buried deep? 6 feet under screams but no one seems to hear a thing.
Biblical Worldview possessing a belief of the following: ◦ moral decisions are based on God’s Word; ◦ moral truth is absolute; ◦ God rules the universe; ◦ Satan is real; ◦ Jesus lived a sinless life; ◦ a person cannot earn salvation through works; ◦ Christians have a responsibility to share their faith; and ◦ the Bible is accurate in all its teachings. 9% of born-again Christians have a biblical worldview. 2% of born-again teenagers have a biblical worldview.
Absolute Truth Only 25% of born-again Christians make moral and ethical decisions on basis of Bible ◦ Of this 25%, about ½ believed that moral truth was absolute and unchanging ◦ Bottom line: 14% (1 of every 7) of born-again Christians rely on the Bible as their compass and believe moral truth is absoluteInvolvement during college Only 20% of college students maintain a level of spiritual activity consistent with their high school experiences ◦ Indicates church activity may be primarily social for them
Spiritual Activity in born-again Teens (1997 v 2009) Sunday School participation – 35% to 30% Giving any of their own money – 35% to 26% Prayer – 81% to 71% Sharing Their Faith – 63% to 45% ◦ However, teen church attendance and youth group involvement have not changed much in recent years.
National Study of Youth and Religion Christian Smith ◦ 11-year research project – most extensive sociological research project on youth and religion ever undertaken ◦ Conducted jointly with Notre Dame and UNCGeneral Findings Religious faith & practice doesn’t mean much to most teens. Religious faith and practice doesn’t connect to the rest of their lives. (compartmentalization) Religion is considered benignly positive but it operates in the background of their lives, with little influence on the remainder of their lives. Most “religious” teens are not familiar with, or articulate about, the basics of the Christian gospel.
Changes in Christianity for Millennials A God exists who created and orders the world and watches over human life on earth. ◦ Not personally involved in one’s affairs – especially affairs in which one does not want God involved (sin/compartmentalize) God wants people to be good, nice, and fair to each other, as taught in the Bible and by most world religions. The central goal of life is to be happy and to feel good about oneself. God does not need to be particularly involved in one’s life except when he is needed to resolve a problem. Good people go to heaven when they die.
“These commandments that I give you today are to be on yourhearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them whenyou sit at home and when you walk along the road, when youlie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on yourhands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on thedoorframes of your houses and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:9 Defines our responsibility as parents in education of our children. Move from agrarian society means less time to fulfill our obligation. Choice of educational partner becomes critical, both academic and worldview. ◦ 15,000 hours spent at school - K-12
Christian Worldview Is the worldview (perspective) being taught consistent with yours? ◦ Three-legged stool to teach and disciple – Church, Home and School should send the same message to your child. ◦ Avoids compartmentalization by integrating Christ and Scripture in all activities – academics, art, athletics, clubs, etc. History, Math, Science, Art – God is in all ◦ 84% of Christian young adults admit that they have no idea how the Bible applies to their field or professional interests. Barna ◦ Young adults who are interested in creative or science-oriented careers often disconnect from their faith or from the church.
Christian WorldviewAll schools teach a worldview. Foundation of Christian school is Scripture and the person of Jesus Christ ◦ Teach students to become thinking Christians in all areas; analyze issues from eternal perspective, whether science, economics or any other subject A “neutral” worldview equates to an agnostic worldview ◦ Can easily lead to compartmentalization of faith ◦ “Only 9% of born-again teens believe in moral absolutes. Where are they being fed the truth-is-relative propaganda? Public schools.” The Barna Research Group ◦ “The school system that ignores God teaches its pupils to ignore God.” Gordon H. Clark
Christian WorldviewEducation is about preparing children for life; Christianeducation is about preparing children for a Christian life Teaches and models that Christianity is a daily lifestyle that defines and permeates who we are Pray regularly with classmates and teachers Christian classmates to encourage and hold student accountable in the classroom, on the field/court, and in life Bible classes/studies/Chapel teach knowledge and life application Focus on training to be servant-leaders Culture of service and missional mindset; both local and global Holistic education – body, mind and heart
In the book of Daniel, we read the account of the three captiveHebrew young people. These young people are described asbeing wise, widely read in literature and science, quick tocomprehend and able to learn. These young people had receivedan excellent education within the context of honoring Jehovah.When it was demanded of them that they worship the god of theprevailing culture, no compromise could be found in their hearts.They remained true to the God of their fathers. In the end, theyassumed leadership roles in the midst of a society that did notunderstand them, but needed what they had to offer.We believe that our graduates must ultimately take their place asChristian leaders in an increasingly secular world, whatever theirchosen profession or field of expertise. It is our aim that PCAstudents will exhibit the virtues ofwisdom, courage, compassion, honesty, self-discipline, responsibility, friendship, hardwork, perseverance, loyalty and faith in our culture in the same wayDaniel and his companions did to their captors. Pantego Christian Academy’s Philosophy of Education Summary