We often hear from parents and grandparents about a disconnect between their values and those of their children and grandchildren. For example, many grandparents do not share their grandchildren’s views on life issues, same sex marriage, and morality in general. Another area of disagreement between the generations revolves around the church. Brett McCracken, author of Hipster Christianity: When Church & Cool Collide, addresses the issue in a recent article published in The Washington Post, How to keep Millennials in the church? Let’s keep the church un-cool.
McCracken, a Millennial himself, sides with the older generation and takes his own generation to task for wanting the church to adapt to their whims. Near the end of his article he surmises…
But at the end of the day, the Christian gospel is defined outside of and with little regard to whatever itch people think Christianity should scratch. Consumerism asserts that people want what they want and get what they want, for a price. It’s all about me. But to position the gospel within this consumerist, give-them-what-they-want framework is to open the door to all sorts of distortions, mutations, and “to each his own” cockamamy variations. If Christianity aims to sell a message that scratches a pluralism of itches, how in the world will a cohesive, orthodox, unified gospel survive?
Brett McCracken understands how importance it is for the Church to remain steadfast in its values and principles. Do your grandchildren and children “get it” too? If you do not believe your children or grandchildren hold McCracken’s point of view regarding the church, or they do not share your values and morality, then you must decide how to protect your legacy.
The Stewardship Foundation can help you protect your family legacy and ensure that your values are honored in your estate planning and the administration of your family or private foundation. We are here to assist you through the various financial options we provide. Our core principles will not change. The Stewardship Foundation does not seek to “scratch a pluralism of itches.” Rather, we support a “cohesive, orthodox, unified gospel” and we work with those individuals, families, organizations, and professionals who support them as well.
Proverbs 22:6: “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”