The Rundown: The key word for talking to millennial Christians

“The Rundown” is a new weekly email from CCV President Aaron Baer with a short note on culture, “can’t-miss” news and the latest updates from CCV.

“And” is a powerful word

Time and time again since coming home to Ohio, I’ve heard a key concern from CCV friends: how do we reach millenials – especially millennial Christians?

This is crucial question. If we care about protecting families, life, and religious freedom for more than just the next few years, we have to wrestle with it. And while its answer is wide ranging, a good place to start is by using one simple word: “and.”

For a lot of millennial Christians, “social justice” is what they care most about – things like ending human trafficking, racial reconciliation, or fighting the heroine epidemic.

In large part, this comes from a deep desire to do good for their neighbor.

But the lie many of these young Christians believe is that they must choose between these issues and others like abortion or the breakdown of the family. They believe it’s a matter of “either,” not “and.”

We know at their root, things like sex trafficking and drug abuse abound when families break down. So the invitation to young believers is to say “Yes! Let’s help these victims AND let’s address the underlying causes that got them there: things like family breakdown and pornography.”

We’ll find when we start with “and,” the generation gap is a lot smaller than we think.

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