As an active member of the Baby Boomer Generation, I often find myself arguing that most Millennials are not slackers (or hippies, just in case anyone remembers those psychedelic snowflakes from the Boomer years.) Not only that, I think they’re making smarter choices than those of us in my generation did. We need to stop slamming them and offer a little appreciation.
Yesterday I read an article about the recent boom in toys being sold to adults. There are so many grown-ups snapping up Lego sets and other childhood favorites that a new term has evolved: kidults are voting age people who play with toys. Naturally, the writer quickly injected that Millennials are leading the pack. That’s nuts! What about all those Boomers and Builders who attend coloring parties and order their coloring books and crayons from Amazon? I haven’t heard anyone call them slackers or brats.
A lot of Millennials have good instincts and are growing up into awesome adult men and women. Consider just the latest evidence of a rebounding generation:
- 58% of younger Millennial males want to be the breadwinners in their homes so their wives can stay home to raise their children. Guys in my generation wanted so many expensive toys like boats and sporty cars that we nearly kicked out wives out of the house to find jobs. (Council on Contemporary Families research.)
- A growing number of Millennial females are ambitious to stay home and raise their children. What a novel new idea: children raised by their own parents. Many Boomer women were convinced they could have it all but found out too late that actually means a little of everything and a lot of unsupervised children.
- The Millennial pastor tends to stay in the same church longer than pastors from earlier generations did. (Thom Rainer/ Lifeway Research) Millennials are less likely to demand instant success and are more likely to sacrifice in order to start new churches in order to do things right from the ground up. In my generation, the paradigm was a ladder that one climbed by jumping to a larger church every 3 years. Longer pastorates will lead to healthier churches.
History doesn’t advance in straight lines. That’s why nations don’t decay, decline, and go to Hell in three or four generations. Just when you think The End of a civilization is at hand, you have a generation like the Millennials who put the brakes on decadence and irresponsible behavior and navigate a U-turn to retrieve lost treasure from the past.
Millennial Americans will come around on those questions of sexual ethics… just like every other generation has done. But unlike their parents, the idealists in this maligned generation have the heart and convictions to build stronger families, healthier churches, and a more dynamic society.
It’s always darkest just before the dawn. Thank God for the “entitled” generation and lift up the Cross!