18 Reasons Boomers are Turning Their Back on The Church

SharePinEmailBoomers are people born in the two decades following World War II, with the majority of American Boomers raised in a Christian family. Despite over 76 million Americans making up this generational group, Boomers are leaving the Church in astonishing numbers. Here are 18 reasons why Boomers are abandoning Christianity. Science and Superstition More knowledge…

Boomers are people born in the two decades following World War II, with the majority of American Boomers raised in a Christian family. Despite over 76 million Americans making up this generational group, Boomers are leaving the Church in astonishing numbers. Here are 18 reasons why Boomers are abandoning Christianity.

Science and Superstition

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More knowledge surrounding science and scientific theories is eroding Christian faith in some Boomers. Some people find the great miracles performed by Jesus Christ impossible to believe. Many Boomers believe that Biblical miracles are metaphorical, or that physics and chemistry hold a realistic answer. True faith must be restored to combat this skepticism. 

Media Secularism

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The American media is undoubtedly secular, with some media outlets actively anti-Christian. This is even more true since the creation of social media platforms which influence Boomers just as much as younger American generations. Negative representations of Christianity in the media have a great deal to answer for in driving people away from the Church.

Daily Struggles

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The world is more polarized than ever before and so many Boomers are struggling. Whether that is with the cost of living or with post-pandemic health challenges, Boomers are feeling disillusioned, losing their faith in the Church. Today, only 78% of American baby Boomers are Christian. But it is in times of daily struggles that Christians should seek solitude in the Church, finding answers in Jesus Christ and comfort in their faith.

Negative Experiences

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Boomers may turn their backs on Christianity if they have had negative experiences at their local Church. They may have been excluded by Parishioners, or they have suffered trauma or abuse. This is particularly relevant to the Boomer generation as safeguarding was not always an important issue when they were children.

Other Religions

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As global society has opened up more to Americans, Boomers may develop an interest in other religions that seem exciting or appealing. Asking questions is vital for all human beings, broadening our knowledge and experiences. But we should remind non-believers of the teachings of Jesus Christ and the path needed for eternal salvation.

Changing Relevance

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Many Americans now view religion as irrelevant, signaling a significant cultural shift. Secularism is on the rise in the West but it is important to gently spread the teachings of Jesus Christ to attract people back to the Church.

Authority

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Boomers are just as likely to reject authority as younger generations. Boomers may think that Christianity has provided too many rules and restrictions throughout their lives and it is time for them to break free and enjoy new experiences before it is too late. But we must remind them that the Bible is not a set of strict rules, but a guide to help us live our lives and receive salvation.

Hierarchical Structure

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As some Christians get older, they may begin to question the hierarchical structures of the Church and the motivations behind this. Yet it is essential to remember that the true Word of the Lord is present in the Bible, not in specific denominational structures and hierarchies.

Quietly Retreating

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It may seem as though many Boomers are leaving the Church, but they may be choosing to quietly pray at home instead. Such people are still Christian and still possess faith in Jesus Christ, they are just choosing their own way to practice Christianity and communicate with God.

Church Scandals

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Many scandals have surfaced over the decades concerning terrible cases of sexual abuse in the Church. These scandals may have directly affected the Boomers or their local Church, repelling people away from their faith. Additionally, those not directly affected may feel disgusted and a lack of trust for the Church, distancing themselves.

Politics

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Some Americans link politics and religion, with many people unable to distinguish between the two. As the Republican party supports many Christian principles, some Boomers feel they cannot be a Christian and a Democrat and so abandon their faith. 

Post-Pandemic Impacts

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As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, many Boomers are choosing to stay away from large crowds. This is especially true for Boomers who have specific health conditions. Choosing to stay away from large crowds may mean that people opt for smaller Church services or quiet prayer at home. 

Fears of Discrimination

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Some denominations of Christianity may seem too traditional for some Boomers who fear discrimination. They may feel that their sexual orientation or race might exclude them from the Church. We need to remind them that Jesus Christ loves everyone.

Tight-Knit Congregations

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Boomers may leave the Church if they feel there is a clique in the local Church community that will not include them. Often, Church congregations are tight-knit and support each other at all times. But all Church congregations must be inclusive and welcome all members into their group.

Disconnection

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Some Boomers may feel a disconnection between the Bible, particularly if they are grieving for a loved one. They might feel alienated or confused by the messages in the Bible. Considering the true Word of the Lord is essential in overcoming such disconnection.

Busy Schedule

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Boomers may fail to attend Church due to their busy schedules and modern lives. Americans are working past the traditional retirement age so they might be tired on a Sunday, or they might have to work on a Sunday. They will still hold Jesus Christ in their heart, even if they cannot attend Church.

Moral Codes

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Boomers may feel pressure to abide by the moral codes laid out in the Bible. They might fear sin and upsetting God, causing them to block out religion entirely. We must remind each other that we all make mistakes and must repent and keep asking God for forgiveness.

Heaven and Hell

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As Boomers get older, they may fear the transition to either Heaven or Hell and reject the Church entirely. We must remind each other to live in the present and make good choices from now on, repenting for past sins and forgiving ourselves as well as one another. Heaven and Hell in Christian thought should never dominate the present.

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