More than two-thirds of the Buster generation, for instance, believe adults living together before marriage is morally acceptable. Most young adults also said pornography and sex outside of marriage are not morally wrong. Only one-third of Boomers — people born between 1946 and 1964 — agreed. And roughly 50 percent of Busters believe homosexual relationships are acceptable, compared to half as many older adults.
To be sure, Busters have an individualized view of morality — one that disconnects the individual from the group. Almost 50 percent of Busters said ethics and morals are based on what is right for the person, while just one-quarter of pre-Busters agreed. Half of the Boomers believe in absolute truth, but only three of 10 Busters agree.
That belief in situational ethics affects morality in a big way. The report listed Busters as twice as likely to watch sexually explicit movies; two-and-a-half times more likely to commit adultery; and three times more likely to look at sexually graphic content online.
The remedy, according to this article,
One way to reach those groups, Kouckl said, is to stop giving "topical" sermons and start preaching scripture.
"When we have topicals that are geared to life enhancement, people never learn the message as it was originally given," he said. "Now when you have teachers that are consistently preaching topically to make it consumer-palatable, those who listen never learn the Bible in the sense in which it was originally given. They don't learn the structure, they just have all these bits and pieces."
The key is to contextualize the message for the culture, Kouckl continued. Leaders at Stand to Reason, for instance, say their goal is to make "engagement with culture look more like diplomacy than D-day."
We've discovered through trial and error that if you send your teen to a high school youth group, there is an 92% chance (+ or -5%) that the teaching that day will be either: a) why you should keep your hands, mouth, tongue and various and sundry body parts to yourself when with a boy or girl (answer: so that you will be closer to God) or b) why you ought to bring the kids from your school who do have their hands (and body parts) all over each other to church so that they can be saved.
I wonder if the solution offered here - teaching through Scripture - would make the difference. I would love to know what that looks like in today's culture.
We found a book called Girlosophy years ago that I thought did a tremendous job of giving information without telling teenage girls what to do. Anthea Paul (author) trusted that with good data (including potential consequences) and affirmation of a girl's ability to think for herself and to make choices that would enhance her well-being, she'd be able to navigate these uncertain waters of her sexuality.
One thing about this trend that must be admitted, however. Our kids are postmoderns through and through. In all the railing against postmodernism that I hear in the evangelical world, our kids are growing up speaking that language fluently. Being against postmodernism is like being against the air. It's all around us, we all breathe it and it's not going away. And I hold "Friends" and "Seinfeld" reruns directly responsible.