Jane Trimm posted an article today at MSNBC about the flood of millenials leaving the church and a possible reason why:
A full 31% of young people (ages 18 to 33) who left organized religion said “negative teachings” or “negative treatment” of gay people was a “somewhat important” or “very important” factor in their departure, as surveyed by the Public Religion Research Institute. A strong majority (58%) of Americans also said religious groups are “alienating” young people by “being too judgmental on gay and lesbian issues.” A full 70% of young people said the same.
Disturbing news, of course. But then the article presented the reader with this survey:
Do you think churches will change their policies on gays and lesbians to appeal to young people?
o Yes, churches will adapt to a new generation.
o No, they will stick to their values.
o I’m not sure
Articles like this make me want to scream in frustration. It’s obvious that the writer has no understanding of the wide array of churches that are all over the place on human sexuality, and that’s both her failing and ours.