Losing Faith -- Sightings (Martin Marty)
I often hear older church members fret about the lack of faith or church involvement of their children and grandchildren. They had hoped to pass on their loyalty to church, to their faith commitments, but alas, the younger generations have chosen other paths, veering away from church and in their mind faith. We have a few multi-generation families in my church, but they are the exception not the rule. The fasting growing religious segment is the non-religious. Martin Marty reflects on these trends and concerns, recognizing that the spirit needs nurturing. The question is how. As a person deeply invested in this struggle and as a parent of a millennial, I feel it deeply myself. It's not just the institution that I desire to see sustained, but the faith traditions that have formed me over the years. I invite you to read and consider this question -- how do we bear witness to the spiritual longings of coming generations? How do we pass on the faith from generation to generation? On the Sunday after Christmas I'll be preaching from Matthew 1:1-17, the genealogy of Jesus. The thoughts engendered will be with me in preparation for that message.