Within the religious dimensions of mainstream Christian denominations, the rhetoric of inclusivity and agape love is a gospel mandate that goes without saying. But it’s a message that is falling short on thousands of young adults ages 20 to 35 who view themselves as religious “nones” — those who don’t identify with a specific organized religion — or have strayed away from the church, according to a 2014 Pew Research Center study.
The study, which surveyed 35,000 American adults, showed the percentage who identified as Christian had dropped from 78.4 percent in 2007, to 70.6 percent today.
Although it would seem more and more young adults are moving away from the word, Pastor Debbie Travis believes this is a time to embrace them and help them express their interests in spirituality, especially if they aren’t yet receptive to participating in a religious community.
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