It seems that everywhere I look these days someone is speaking negatively of Millennials. I, being a Millennial myself, feel an immediate urge to jump in and defend my generation. However, the more I think on it and observe Millennials in action, the more I realize just how broken this generation is. I’ve heard startling statistics on the number of unchurched Millennials, the unparalleled access to new technologies, and the general irresponsibility typical of someone born between 1982 and 2004. Tragically, these seem to be all too true.
As I continue to observe the people around me, especially those close to my same age, I cannot help but see a clear trend: Entitlement.
I consistently hear men and women declaring, “This is my life” as a justification for doing whatever they want. It seems universally agreeable that we alone are in control of our lives, and that any threat or challenge to this authority is abhorrent. For simplicity’s sake, I’ll call this the Millennial Mindset.
This thought is a lie, and the mind that believes it has been severely twisted by sin.
When we receive the salvation of God, we are permanently changed. This does not simply change where we go when we die, though that’s absolutely part of it. The New Testament is filled (Colossians 2; Romans 6; Romans 12:1-2; just to name a few) with reminders that as Christians we are called to live differently; at one point Paul even says we become “slaves of God” (Romans 6:18). Not only is this image powerful, it also tells us just how little control we have. In short, the Millennial Mindset does not line up with a Biblical picture of how Christians are called to live.
And so, in response to a Millennial (Specifically one who is a Christian) who might say, “This is my life”, and carry on doing whatever they want, I would offer this correction:
This was your life. The moment you came to Jesus you surrendered the right to govern
your own world. You are entitled to nothing except eternal death, yet still you were offered everything freely. The call of Christ is now to live like Him, abandoning sin and pursuing Godliness.
The importance of this truth cannot be overemphasized if we are to live like Jesus. I pray we could embrace the beauty of God’s plan for our lives, and relinquish the sinful control to which we so desperately cling. This is the immediate cure for a Millennial Mindset, and will ultimately draw us closer to the God who delights in revealing His plans to us.
I appeal to you therefore, brothers,by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:1-2.