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Bipartisanship and the Church

March 1, 2010

I’ve been thinking a lot about Mike’s blog post pondering millenials (the generation of contemporary 20-somethings) moving away from the church over the last few days. I believe that millenials are moving away from the church while still keeping Christian ethical ideals; in fact, it seems like many millenials are envisioning churches without denominational barriers or social restraints or physical walls.

I found an article by Nicholas Kristof, an op-ed columnist for the NY Times. He reports that whereas historically, political liberals have been the ones involved with social justice, World Vision, a religiously (and he assumes conservative) affiliated organization out of Seattle, has the largest U.S. based international relief operation, with 40,000 staff members in over 100 countries. One of Kristof’s main ideas is to juxtapose national stereotypes of the religious right with actual international efforts.

Kristof closes with this idea: “If secular liberals can give up some of their snootiness, and if evangelicals can retire some of their sanctimony, then we all might succeed together in making greater progress against common enemies of humanity, like illiteracy, human trafficking and maternal mortality.”

After reading this article and pondering Mike’s recent blog post, I want to propose a question: Are millenials leaving traditional political affiliations as quickly as they’re leaving the church?

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  1. Zack permalink
    March 1, 2010 9:03 pm

    I think millenials are as just as offended by and prone to walking out on politics (both sides) as they are religion. Neither offer any relevance or importance anymore. I am not saying that they aren’t relevant or important just that they no longer appeal as they once did, but tend to repeal…

    -Z

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