Evans’s observation is that young adults think evangelical Christianity is too political, too exclusive, too old-fashioned, and even hostile to LGBT people. This is what they think about us. Is this supposed to shock us? Jesus said that the world would literally hate us (John 15:19). Jesus said the world would isolate and excommunicate us (Lu. 9:22). Jesus said the world will heap insults upon us (Lu. 9:22) Jesus also said that the world would slander our name all because of our devotion to His truth (Lu. 9:22). I have to confess that I am also confused by these “Christian” pollsters and their surveys. Why would anyone who reads Scripture be surprised that the world would really hate biblical Christianity top to bottom? This thinking seems extremely antithetical to biblical Christianity. We already know what the unchurched, the unbeliever, well, let’s call ‘em what they are, the God-haters think about biblical Christianity. The Bible, from start to finish describes them as hostile enemies of God. So why then are we shocked when they behave in exactly the way that the Bible tells to us they will?
What does that look like? To answer that question, we turn, not to surveys, but to sacred Scripture.
This is an unbiblical perspective on biblical eldership and Christian community. We must find a way to restore the biblical version of the Christian community. This involves humble submission to our leaders and our community in general. It involves discipleship and accountability, and confessions, and creeds and values lived out in the world for all to see. Millennials are baptized in the radical individualism of American culture and it is through that grid that they understand the Christian religion. This means they do not understand biblical Christianity at all. We must do what we can to correct this false thinking.