In a polarizing society where truth has become increasingly relative and mental health issues are rampant, Gen Z is “craving” absolute truth, discipleship, and community, Sadie Robertson Huff has said.
Huff on Thursday participated in the “Gen Z” session of the 2020 Q&A: A Virtual Townhall event, hosted by Gabe Lyons. The session focused on a wide range of issues pertinent to older Gen Zers — ages 18 to 23 — including discipleship, mental health, and social media.
The 23-year-old author, who shot to fame on her family’s reality TV show “Duck Dynasty,” said she believes church leaders are asking “too little” of the younger generation and often make “excuses” for them.
“I’ve sat in a room with church leaders who I love and adore. … But there are times where I’ve even heard them say things like, ‘Maybe we shouldn’t do a conference at night because that is the night that college kids like to party.’ And I’m like, ‘That’s why we should do a conference that night, because people are going to party if we expect too little,’” Huff said.
“Let them [decide] if they’re going to go with the world or if they’re going to go with God, because you’ve got to make that decision,” she stressed.
Yet, Huff expressed optimism that, unlike the ’90s and early 2000s, today’s young Christians aren’t “lukewarm.”
“It’s pretty hot or cold because it’s actually really cool to stand for something these days,” she explained. “It’s cool to 100% follow God, and it’s cool to 100% stay in the world. It’s really not cool to be in the middle anymore. And it used to be different.”
“The world is kind of polarizing; it’s either black or white, and so you do have to choose,” Huff added. “I think we do need to say to this generation, ‘choose,’ and let the people who are going to be on fire, be on fire. I think, in that way, we can reach more of the lost than being confused by who’s actually lost.”
Huff, who is pregnant with her first daughter, was joined onstage by Gabrielle Odom and author Grant Skeldon, who moderated the discussion.
“I don’t think the next generation is being asked a lot of clear questions,” Odom, a 19-year-old evangelist, contended.
“I’ve seen a lot of soft doctrines that have broken my heart as it pertains to teaching the next generation,” she said. “I’m begging for clarity. I think that my generation is spiraling and going out of control because there are too many tensions to fight through and no one’s giving clear absolute truth. And I think the next generation is craving clarity because I think there are churches that are starving us of it.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett