D. C. McAllister over at The Federalist (if you haven’t subscribed to their daily feeds, you’re really missing something) wrote about the trust issues of the Millennials (those aged in their 20’s and 30’s). You can read the complete article here.
McAllister points out that young people today have difficulty trusting others because even though they think they’re connected with people and the world, they really aren’t. Yes, they’re constantly checking their smartphones to see what others are up to but they really don’t know the people personally. The world continues to get smaller and smaller for them even though diversity is supposed to be part of their lives.
Now before you think I’m bashing young adults, this is also very true of older adults today. In the past 10 to 15 years of my ministry, I’ve noticed a very intriguing change take place at the Bible classes I am a part of. Time is now spent for those attending to talk to each other to get to know what’s going on in their lives. It used to be that I would just dive into the material to be covered but now time is devoted to everyone talking and learning about those who are there with them. The class members just don’t know much about those attending with them before they come.
It used to be that us Boomers who attended church were there for as little time as we thought we could spare because we had so many other things we felt we had to do. Today, I see at our church members coming early and staying later so that they can really connect with those who are joining them for worship and Bible study.
We all have a need to be connected to others but that desire is often times repressed in people’s lives due to other perceived higher priorities. There is a price to pay in how little we trust others. We feel frequently isolated and alone. That’s not how God made us.
My wife and I enjoy talking to our neighbors and we look forward to doing more of that as the weather cools for walks in our neighborhood. We know when they are gone and want someone to watch their homes. It’s a good feeling to belong and be known.
Read the McAllister article carefully. You may find yourself pictured in what she says.