I am a woman in my early 30s. I am a Christian. I am right around the Millenial/Generation X time frame. I tend to get a little disheartened when I hear the older generation of people discuss our world as if “the best has already been” and “it’s all downhill from here”. Yes, I am of this generation so it’s not hard for me to find pros of this generation. You relate to something more when you live it.
We can all agree that in the past, there were more laws (written and unwritten) that helped to hold up a certain level of morality in our culture. We cannot equate morality to Christianity though. If you yearn for the “good ole’ days” you’re probably not yearning for more Christianity, as much as you are yearning for more morality. Therefore, I don’t necessarily feel as though it’s a topic that always needs to be discussed in the Christian circles as though all the Christians have disappeared.
I will argue that church events used to be more of a social thing than they are now. People (Christian and not) would go to these events just to be able to socialize with friends. This does still happen today, just not to the extent that it used to be. Actions do not always signify a heart change. Have you ever heard of the Pharisees? They were probably the most moral people you could find in their time, yet God called them hypocrites repeatedly.
Discussing our day like this always suggests a lack of trust in God’s work. Does God have you here on accident? Is the world the way it is on accident? Does God just gasp in surprise every day? The answer here is no, to all of the above questions. He has you here ON PURPOSE during THIS TIME. Yes, we are dealing with things that may be “new” to our current living generations. History also repeats itself, and I look in the Bible and see there is truly “nothing new under the sun”.
God doesn’t make mistakes. Regardless of current hardships you see in this life, God overcomes them all. He always has. He always will.