42% of Millennials believe that “Marriage is a covenant before God between a man and a woman.”*
It’s fascinating to study words and how they change meaning through the generations according to each culture’s definitions. Divorce was the first major blow to marriage—destroying the first part of that belief system: “Marriage is a covenant before God.” I’m sorry but that’s not what Millennials see. I think that’s why the results are so low. Many Millennials are coming from broken homes. No wonder their view of marriage is clouded.
Now let’s talk about the second part: “between a man and a woman.” I find it interesting that even though the Supreme Court ruled “gay marriage” as legal, we still have 42% of Millennials who disagree. Now you may say, “Wait a minute. But that means 58% agree.” I know that. But I’m interested in the 42%. Why do they still believe in traditional marriage?
We hear about Millennials leaving the Church in droves. Guess the percentage. Only 56% of Millennials today call themselves Christians.** Interesting, isn’t it, that approximately the same number don’t believe in traditional marriage?
The key flaw, my friends, is this: When you have no one to be accountable to, there is no morality. Everything is relative. And this is what the Barna study confirms.
So, my 42%ers, I’m proud of you. Our generation isn’t the one who invented moral relativity—but we’ve grown up in it. It’s encouraging to see that there are still Millennials—and a relatively high percentage—who aren’t afraid to be Principley Correct.
*What Americans believe about sex. (2016, January 14). Retrieved from https://barna.org/research/culture-media/research-release/what-americans-believe-about-sex?
**Burke, D. (2015, May 14). Millennials leaving church in droves, study finds. Retrieved from http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/12/living/pew-religion-study/