There are over 310 religions and denominations to choose from in the United States. Americans can believe in one God, numerous Gods or even God in the form of animal spirits and substances. But the variety fails to entice the young in choosing a religion.
One in three adults under 30 years old are not affiliated with any religion, according to the report released by the Pew Research Center. Religion may not be cool enough for 46,000,000 Americans.
Super Bowl is cool. Camping outside the Apple store is cool. But sitting on a bible reading for hours? It doesn’t appeal to me either. Even though I wanted to be a better Christian, my youth endorses my restlessness. Religion has not been “fun”. There are not enough programs for the juvenile that will be at very least entertaining.
Is too much religion is the problem? With hundreds of religions to choose from and each claiming that they’re the “real” religion with leaders converting any passerby, there is a competition. The young professional may say, “You know what, I’ll keep my head in the game of career than listen to opposing religious views”.
Religion may be too conservative that young people would rather be spiritual than religious. It is a different generation. Like versions of textbooks in school, religion should update itself. Not necessarily change, but adapt to what is more relevant today. The young doesn’t have to convert to be good. He has his own belief that doesn’t fit any religion and he goes on his own being spiritual.
Young people are exposed to a myriad of things and they surfaced above religion. Information has never been readily accessible in TV, books and internet. How can religion win in their abridged attention span?
The best way to introduce religion is not during their early adulthood. Not teenage years. Not even childhood. It should be as early as birth and they should grow up knowing God. And then in their right age, they would choose to continue believing or not – which is their right. At least give them duly exposure to religion, and it really starts in the family.
Do you agree that it’s harder to affiliate in a religion nowadays?