Alex McFarland is a speaker, writer and advocate for Christian apologetics. He serves as director of the Center for Christian Worldview and Apologetics at North Greenville University, a leading Christian college in the United States. He has spoken in hundreds of locations throughout North America and internationally and has preached in more than 1,300 churches. Alex has been featured at some of the nation's biggest Christian events and conferences. Alex is the author of several books, including the best-selling 10 Most Common Objections to Christianity.
He is the co-host of American Family Radio talk network's show "Exploring the Word," and also co-hosts the radio and TV program "Viral Truth." McFarland is the founder of the national apologetics conference, "Truth for a New Generation."
If you listen to the news or read the latest polls you would get the impression that every person in the Millennial generation is a lost and restless soul, completely opposing God, His Word, and conservative principles; that they are convinced that Marxist Socialism is the only hope for our nation. But is that really the case? Certainly this generation faces enormous challenges as public education and media have succeeded at indoctrinating many of them into a secular humanist world view. And this generation of younger people will one day lead our nation and our churches; some already are! So how can we help them turn (back) to God instead of away from Him?
Religion and Culture expert, Dr. Alex McFarland joins us today to discuss this and share some thought from his new book Abandoned Faith: Why Millennials are Walking Away and How You Can Lead Them Home. We also touch on how millennials are handling the fact Donald Trump is our new president and how they’ve been told America is doomed – for four years anyway.
Millennials (those born between 1980 and 2000) constitute a group of over 80 million individuals who are technologically astute, ethnically diverse, and culturally and vibrantly engaged. Yet they face high unemployment and massive debt, and they comprise the largest number of religiously unaffiliated individuals in American history. Concerned by these and other hard-hitting facts, experts Alex McFarland and Jason Jimenez have created a book that interviews top Christian leaders who work with Millennials and families. Their research and conversations will shed new light on what Christian parents must do to reach their young adult children. This book offers a strong voice of hope for parents, church leaders, and others who serve the Millennial generation.
According to Pew Research Center, 23% of millennials call themselves “nones” or not affiliated with any religion or faith.
Alex McFarland states:
There are many reasons why young people may be disillusioned with church, religious organizations, or the faith in general: mistrust, skepticism, rebelling against a negative experience, pressure from atheist or agnostic friends, or a variety of other influences. But regardless of why they leave their faith behind, the real tragedy is that many millennials are heading into life without Christ. And we must find a way to bring them back into the fold.”
“From speaking with tens of thousands of young people over the years, I have learned that if they have just a few adults who will come alongside them and encourage them to grow in their faith, there’s a much better chance they will remain in the church and rooted in Jesus long into adulthood… so, one or two positive influences can make a world of difference in the faith – and life – of a young person.”
McFarland pointed to the Word of God as an essential source of faith building and stability: Psalm 119:89-96
Forever, O Lord, your word
is firmly fixed in the heavens.
90 Your faithfulness endures to all generations;
you have established the earth, and it stands fast.
91 By your appointment they stand this day,
for all things are your servants.
92 If your law had not been my delight,
I would have perished in my affliction.
93 I will never forget your precepts,
for by them you have given me life.
94 I am yours; save me,
for I have sought your precepts.
95 The wicked lie in wait to destroy me,
but I consider your testimonies.
96 I have seen a limit to all perfection,
but your commandment is exceedingly broad.
*If you have children in 7th-12th grades, check out information on a Summer Youth Apologetics Camp, “My Whole Life for His Whole Plan” with Alex Mcfarland, July 23 – 38 at North Greenville University in Tigerville, South Carolina
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