A couple of years ago, there were almost no articles on Christian sites admitting growth of the faith had stopped and discussing surveys indicating decline is likely.
Now, there are articles almost everyday. But, cultural change is not being addressed.
When I visit my granddaughters’ schools, I see something I did not see when I was a child. Children are being taught to see themselves as others see them. They are taught to what we might say is, “making a good impression” or putting up a good front. It’s training that will help them.
You see it manifest in young employees at fast food places. They look you in the eye, smile and say they are eager to help you. They are sometimes, then, being someone different people than they actually are. The other side of this coin is they also are then able to recognize a phony facade.
These young people also are very experienced with advertising, having been exposed to more of it than any previous generation. They, maybe better than previous generations, recongize its aims and are wary of its claims.
That brings us to religion. My impression is the generation approaching or entering adulthood simply sees Christianity as another product trying to get its money and allegiance. Christianity looks and sounds almost identical to “lose 30 pounds in 30 days.”
Christianity needs to stop over promising what it claims to deliver, happiness, life after death and a one-god-fits-all certainty. Claims that seem credible are part of good marketing.